Tottenham could end up an at impasse over their January transfer business, if Antonio Conte does not sign a new contract with the club, according to one pundit.
Spurs are being heavily tipped to bolster Conte’s squad with several additions in the new year. That is largely down to the fact that the north London club are well in the mix to qualify for the top four again and already through to a Champions League last-16 tie with AC Milan.
A new centre-back and a creative midfielder are at the top of Conte’s wishlist. However, another right wing-back option is also being considered.
But former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor believes Daniel Levy will not give Conte what he wants unless he commits his future to the club.
The 53-year-old’s current deal runs out at the end of this season after he only signed an initial 18-month contract.
And while Tottenham are thought to be in talks over a new deal worth around £20million a year, there is no announcement imminent.
If Conte does pen the £400,000-a-week contract it would make him the Premier League’s best-paid coach.
But an impasse could be brewing, given that Conte admits he wants to add more quality to his squad but without committing his long-term future – at the current time.
Conte was recently asked about meeting with director of football Fabio Paratici and Levy about January transfers. He replied: “Every time we speak we always speak together. They are always good conversations.
“The target is only one, to improve, on and off the pitch. And then find the best solution in every moment. Until now we’ve worked with only this target to improve and find a good way to bring this club forward.”
Conte wait leaves Tottenham hanging
However, Agbonlahor foresees a problem, if the Italian does not commit soon.
He told Football Insider: “The problem is, if Spurs are going to give him money in January they need to know that he’s here for the long term.
“They can’t give him money to buy some players only for him to leave in the summer. You might be left with all these players that the new manager doesn’t want.
“They might want him to commit to a new contract before they give him funds in January.”
Tottenham have spent over £150million on players since the arrival of Conte.
The likes of Rodrigo Bentancur, Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison have all been instant successes in north London, although Kulusevski remains on loan – for now.
Spurs are not back in action until Boxing Day when they head to Brentford in the Premier League.
Conte’s men currently sit fourth in the table, three points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United.