Reports have claimed that Tottenham have set their sights on Italian youngster Giorgio Scalvini, but they are not alone in their interest.
Since arriving at Spurs in November 2021, Antonio Conte has picked up several gems from Serie A. The likes of Dejan Kulusevski and Ivan Perisic are two of the recent examples of their recruitment from Italy.
It is also no secret that Conte is keen on improving his defensive options. Conte’s sides have historically been built upon strong defensive structures, but Spurs have been quite leaky at the back this season.
Spurs have conceded 21 goals so far in the Premier League. They currently have the worst defensive record of any of the teams in the top eight of the league.
If they were to continue their average of conceding 1.4 goals per game, they will concede a total of 53 goals this season. For context, they only conceded 40 goals last season.
Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport have claimed that Atalanta defender Scalvini is now on the Spurs transfer list ahead of the January window.
The 19-year-old has impressed in Italy and Atalanta are said to value him at over £35million. Along with Spurs being interested, Inter Milan are also keen on the youngster.
The same outlet claims that Inter have met with the agents of Scalvini to make their interest clear.
Atalanta have been going well in Serie A this season and they currently boast on of the best defensive records in the league. They are sixth in the table as things stand and have only conceded 15 goals.
Scalvini himself has featured in 11 league matches this season, with eight of those being starts. Given how composed the 19-year-old looks, it is easy to see why Atalanta values him so highly. Liverpool have also been linked with the youngster.
Conte needs backing
Spurs run the risk of missing out on Champions League football next season if they do not back Conte in the January window.
Conte’s side currently sit forth in the table but were struggling for form prior to the World Cup. This season their preferred back line has consisted of Ben Davies, Eric Dier and Cristian Romero.
Conte is well aware of how important the January window will be for his side and their chances of finishing in the top four.
“I think the club understands very well the importance of bringing players, important players, in January or in the summer,” claimed Conte in October via Football London.
“This season will be much more difficult than last season because after the transfer market you have seen many teams have improved a lot. You have to face a lot of big, big teams.
“For sure it will be the time to speak with the club at the right time to understand which is the best solution for us.”