Report: Spurs negotiations for midfielder were ‘suspended’ in January, Conte still keen

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Fabio Paratici
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According to the print edition of Italian publication L’Arena (11/05/22 – as relayed by Sport Witness), Tottenham’s attempts to snap up Hellas Verona midfielder Antonin Barak fell through at the last moment in January.

Multiple reports from Italy over recent weeks have backed Tottenham to make a move for Barak this summer. 

TuttoMercatoWeb have claimed that Spurs are ‘pressing strongly’ for the midfielder while Mundo Udinese reported that Conte could convince the Verona star to unite with him in North London this summer.

Earlier this week, the print edition of Corriere di Verona (11/05/22 – via Sport Witness) stated that the Tottenham head coach had instructed the Lilywhites hierarchy to snap up the 20-year-old.

The report added that the Czech Republic international’s engine, intensity and propensity for goals appeal to Conte.

L’Arena have now revealed that Spurs also made an attempt to snap up Barak during the January window.

It is explained that the negotiations had to be suspended towards the end of the window as Fabio Paratici was in a race against time to complete the signings of Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus.

The report adds that Barak still remains on Conte’s wishlist ahead of the summer, with the Italian alleged to have ‘already identified a midfield role’ for the Verona star.

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I am convinced that there is truth to Tottenham’s rumoured interest in Barak. The fact that so many different publications are reporting similar information is quite telling.

There is no doubt that Conte would want to sign a number eight this summer in order to have some tactical flexibility and the Verona star would be a relatively inexpensive addition.

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