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Top priorities: Tottenham midfielder race down to two as Conte tells second star he can leave

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Tottenham have one rival in the race for a midfield signing as a second Spurs midfielder is told he can go, while an Arsenal man is offered to three clubs – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk, writes the TeamTalk.

The transfer race for Franck Kessie has narrowed with Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain leading the hunt for the AC Milan midfielder, according to a report.

Spurs are yet to make the first signing under their latest manager Antonio Conte, but much work analysing the squad has already been done. Indeed, Conte has finished his evaluation of his team and has reportedly identified areas of concern.

A new winger and a centre-back are supposedly two of the top priorities for the Italian in his first transfer window at Spurs.

However, reports have claimed for a while that Conte wants to bring in Milan midfielder Kessie. The 25-year-old Ivory Coast international has turned heads this season. Not only has he impressed in Serie A and in the Champions League, he has done so in the final year of his contract.

While Milan have tried to get him to extend, Sportitalia journalist Rudy Galetti has reported that there remains sizeable distance between Milan and Kessie.

And while a host of clubs have subsequently had links with snapping the midfielder up, Tottenham lead the race for him. Paris Saint-Germain are now their closest rivals for the transfer.

As for Spurs’ current midfield ranks, fresh doubt has emerged over the future of Tanguy Ndombele. Conte supposedly wants to move the Frenchman on after he again failed to convince in Sunday’s FA Cup win over Morecambe.

Now, Fichajes claims that Conte will also let Giovani Lo Celso depart from Tottenham’s midfield. Like Ndombele, the report claims that the Argentine has not truly convinced his manager.

Atletico Madrid therefore want to sign Lo Celso to bolster their own ranks.

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