Inter Milan star Martin Satriano has offered Tottenham hope of a summer deal to sign him after positively welcoming reports of Antonio Conte’s interest in him.
Spurs boss Conte, together with director Fabio Paratici, is plotting the next phase of their redevelopment of the Tottenham squad. The Italian has underlined his impressive credentials by steering the north London club to within the brink of a Champions League place. They just need a point at relegated Norwich on Sunday to book their place back among the elite.
Truth be told, few will have expected Conte to transform Spurs’ fortunes so dramatically. The Italian only managed to sign two of his targets in the January window in Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur.
And the occasionl tantrum from Conte – particularly in defeat at Burnley in February – put his future at the club under the spotlight.
However, their return to the Champions League – together with the inflated budget now at their disposal – will allow Conte and Co to kick on with phase two of their plans.
The Spurs boss reportedly wants to sign a new right wing-back, a new centre-half and a new midfielder this summer. Indeed, their business already appears underway with a permanent deal for Cristian Romero seemingly agreed. That’s certainly something that is pleasing to Conte.
However, Conte is also apparently open to the idea of bolstering his attack.
Harry Kane now looks well settled at Tottenham, with the player himself dropping a strong hint on his future.
But having solid cover for his absences remains a conundrum for Spurs. That will become more of a concern going into next season with Champions League football also likely on the agenda.
Martin Satriano welcomes Tottenham links
However, according to claims in Italy, Conte may have found a solution in the shape of Satriano.
The 21-year-old Uruguayan moved to the San Siro in January 2020, signing from Nacional.
Currently on loan in Ligue 1 with Brest, the forward has four goals from 11 starts in Ligue 1.
And the striker seems well aware of Tottenham’s apparent interest in him. Indeed, he enthusiastically welcomed the news when questioned by Tuttomercatoweb.
“I have heard and read about Tottenham,” he said. “I’m obviously glad that some teams have noticed me, but only because it means that I am doing well. I am young and I have to grow.”
Satriano is contracted to Inter until 2027 and is understood to be valued at around the £20m mark.
Finding Harry Kane cover not easy for Tottenham
Conte is wise to seek some upcoming talent to come in to provide cover for Kane.
The England captain is the first name on the Tottenham teamsheet but won’t be able to play every game next season, particuarly in a World Cup year.
And with Champions League football to throw into the equation, Spurs will need a young, upcoming talent to provide cover.
It’s an area Spurs have struggled with over the years. They enjoyed decent success with Fernando Llorente, who scored 13 goals in two seasons under Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham could challenge for the title next season
Tottenham have got a strong side already. If they give Antonio Conte whatever he wants this summer, they could be contenders for the league title next season.
However, the signing of Carlos Vinicus also worked to an extent. He netted 10 times in 22 appearances, though never earned the trust of Jose Mourinho.
Vincent Jansson was another signing up for the role, but he struggled badly, netting just six goals in 42 appearances.
Of course, Conte is able to play Son Heung-min in a central position, with plenty of options available to play behind.
But Sonny’s best position is clearly playing a little deeper and signing someone who can directly cover Kane makes plenty of sense.