The 21-year-old Middlesbrough right-back remains Conte’s first choice target, but after the weeks of negotiations a fee is a major problem between the two sides.
Previously, it was rumored by several news outlets that Conte wants all his newcomers to be able to fly with Tottenham on a pre-season tour to South Korea. Apparently, the rumors came true given the five deals signed during June.
Today Tottenham’s 30-man squad landed at Incheon Airport in Seoul, and Djed Spence is not among them. Middlesbrough boss is also prepared for the start of pre-season tour in Portugal, but it remains unclear if Spence will join the traveling party.
In his recent comments (via Evening Standard), Chris Wilder distanced himself from Spurs-Spence stalled talks:
“I’ve got to say, I’ve taken myself away from it,” he told Teesside Live. “It’s not my job now, it’s gone beyond me and it’s not up to me to do the negotiating and agree a deal.
“That’s with the club and the owner and the chief executive.
“We all understand the position and as I’ve said before, if it doesn’t go through, then he’s still under contract and he’s our player.”