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Tottenham backed to land Inter star in January as Paratici ticks Conte ask

Inter players Lautaro Martinez, Federico Dimarco, Danilo D Ambrosio and Stefan de Vrij celebrate after Serie A game

Tottenham will reportedly push through the signing of star Inter Milan defender if the player is deemed an urgent priority of new manager Antonio Conte.

Conte has been drafted in as a replacement for Nuno Espirito Santo at Spurs and seemingly has a big rebuilding job on his hands. He has made a solid start to life in the hotseat with a win over Vitesse Arnhem followed by a draw at Everton. But in analysing the draw, Conte saw plenty of areas of improvement to be made.

“If I have to see a negative aspect in this game, I think we made many mistakes with the forward pass,” Conte said.

“If we make the final pass in the right way, we had chances to score. Instead the last pass we made many mistakes.”

And while improving his side’s forward play is important, the Tottenham manager is expected to, initially, use the players he has at his disposal.

Instead, it is understood that the Tottenham chief wants to sign a defensive leader for his side. Talks have already been held between Conte and director Fabio Paratici over prospective targets.

And it seems the pair see a potential avenue for Stefan De Vrij, with his Inter deal now having just over 18 months left to run.

The Dutch centre-back was a key part of Inter’s title-winning squad under Conte. He has also been a regular in the side under his successor Simone Inzaghi too.

But Inter’s financial struggles are common knowledge. Indeed, they were the reason behind Conte’s separation from the club in the summer. Therefore, after the exits of Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi in the summer, they may have to make another sacrifice.

And with the club reportedly considering the sale of De Vrij in January, Conte is seemingly confident that a deal could be done.

Now pundit Kevin Campbell is backing Conte to get his wish ahead of the January window.

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And speaking to Football Insider, he reckons the Netherlands’ international would be a smart addition for Tottenham.

“Do they need another centre-half? They have got numbers back there,” Campbell stated.

“Conte will have his own mind of what he wants to do and how he wants to play. They key is signing players who are going to make this team better. They don’t need bodies.

“If De Vrij is the one Conte’s wants, Spurs will go and get him.

“Conte is very ruthless like that. I’m sure we’ll see him in a Spurs shirt soon.”

Questions asked over Conte move to Tottenham

Meanwhile, Conte’s decision to join Tottenham has been slated by a fellow Italian.

In a recent interview, Antonio Cassano questioned integrity and judgement of both Conte and Paratici for joining Tottenham.

The former Roma and Italy forward first took aim at Paratici, as he told JuventusNews24: “An incompetent, he found himself at Tottenham and doesn’t even know how, he already had an agreement with Fonseca but he took on a coach of Jorge Mendes, Nuno Espirito Santo. Now he has gone to get Conte.”

Cassano then decided to vent his fury at Conte in an extraordinary rant, adding: “In June he was asked by Tottenham, they called him and he said no, after three months he says yes.

“How come he has never been considered by Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern or these top top teams?

“Everyone says he is a phenomenon and brings results but the top clubs are not looking for him. United have never asked for him either.

“What I think is that the top four, together with Milan, have made history in the world. None of these have ever looked for him. He doesn’t have that top manager status, to let the team play in a certain way.

“I believe that the status of Conte is not first or second, but third level. He is good at rebuilding but does not give a beautiful, winning game.”

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