Italian publication La Citta di Salerno (09/01/23 as translated by Sport Witness) have revealed that Salernitana are concerned that Antonio Conte could block a potential loan move for Pape Matar Sarr this month.

On the back of his impressive cameo off the bench against Crystal Palace last week, Sarr was given the nod to start by Conte in Tottenham’s FA Cup clash against Portsmouth on Saturday.

Pape Matar Sarr

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The midfielder was one of the most impressive players on show as he delivered a composed display in the middle of the park to help Spurs overcome the League One side. 

Salernitana’s interest in signing Sarr on loan first came to light last week when CalcioMercato reported last week that the Serie A club had reached out to Spurs regarding a temporary deal for the midfielder.

The club’s sporting director Morgan De Sancti confirmed their interest in the 20-year-old last Friday, revealing that the Senegal international fits the profile of the midfielder the club are after (Fabrizio Romano).

However, La Citta di Salerno have now claimed that Conte could be an ‘obstacle’ in Salernitana’s pursuit of Sarr, with the Italian now expected to make a decision on whether to loan out the player.

The publication states that while Spurs were previously ‘opening up to a possible farewell on loan’, the former Metz man could now ‘continue his adventure’ in London.

The report adds that Salernitana are now awaiting news from the North London club regarding Sarr and have now identified alternative options to the Tottenham man.

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Until a week ago, Sarr and Gil looked certain to be loaned out this month but both players now look likely to remain at the club. 

While one can understand why Conte would want to hang on to the pair in case he has to deal with another injury crisis, it is unlikely that either of them is going to get many minutes if the Italian’s main options are fit.

So, a loan move would likely be beneficial for both as they would get regular game time under their belt and return to the club in the summer as better players.

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