Tottenham will reportedly push through the signing of star Inter Milan defender if the player is deemed an urgent priority of new manager Antonio Conte.
Conte has been drafted in as a replacement for Nuno Espirito Santo at Spurs and seemingly has a big rebuilding job on his hands. He has made a solid start to life in the hotseat with a win over Vitesse Arnhem followed by a draw at Everton. But in analysing the draw, Conte saw plenty of areas of improvement to be made.
“If I have to see a negative aspect in this game, I think we made many mistakes with the forward pass,” Conte said.
“If we make the final pass in the right way, we had chances to score. Instead the last pass we made many mistakes.”
And while improving his side’s forward play is important, the Tottenham manager is expected to, initially, use the players he has at his disposal.
Instead, it is understood that the Tottenham chief wants to sign a defensive leader for his side. Talks have already been held between Conte and director Fabio Paratici over prospective targets.
And it seems the pair see a potential avenue for Stefan De Vrij, with his Inter deal now having just over 18 months left to run.
The Dutch centre-back was a key part of Inter’s title-winning squad under Conte. He has also been a regular in the side under his successor Simone Inzaghi too.
But Inter’s financial struggles are common knowledge. Indeed, they were the reason behind Conte’s separation from the club in the summer. Therefore, after the exits of Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi in the summer, they may have to make another sacrifice.
And with the club reportedly considering the sale of De Vrij in January, Conte is seemingly confident that a deal could be done.
Now pundit Kevin Campbell is backing Conte to get his wish ahead of the January window.