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Fabrizio Romano reveals Antonio Conte’s plans for January

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Tottenham Hotspur could be very active in the winter transfer window, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Italian journalist delivered a fresh update on Spurs’ likely plans under new manager Antonio Conte to his ‘Here We Go’ podcast earlier this week, where he revealed:

“Giving him the power. Many times people talk about money and budget for Antonio Conte, of course, money is important – his contract, salary, but it’s about power.

“He wants to have the power to say ‘I need this player to win’. It could be a top player, it could be a young player, it could be an old player worth €2m but he needs these kinds of players and this kind of power.

“This is what Tottenham guaranteed him.

“So now, Conte and Paratici will be together to rebuild Tottenham. I’m sure in January Tottenham will do something in the transfer market.

“I see them moving for a striker, maybe for a midfielder. I see them moving for a centre-back because they now play with a three centre-back defence, so they will need something in this position.

“But Tottenham will do something in January. Keep an eye on a player like Dusan Vlahovic. It will be super interesting to see what happens.”

Conte has started life at Spurs pretty well with a win in the Europa Conference League and a 0-0 stalemate against Everton in the Premier League, though it is still early days and without a pre-season, we may not see the fruits of his labour until later down the line.

What is evident, however, is that the 52-year-old tactician will need reinforcements to stand a chance at making the Lilywhites a force to be reckoned with again – it was only in 2019 that they made the Champions League final, losing to Liverpool.

As Romano alludes to, Conte’s change in system to three-at-the-back means he may need to bolster his defence with another marquee colossus alongside Cristian Romero and either of Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez – the likes of Japhet Tanganga and Joe Rodon don’t seem to be in favour with any of Spurs’ recent managers.

Similarly, Harry Kane is the only senior striker at the club and if the Italian wants to replicate his tactics at Inter Milan, then another forward will be needed to partner him in the attack. Maybe Vlahovic, as Romano suggests, is an interesting option.

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