Antonio Conte has told Tottenham he wants to complete more signings before the club travels on its pre-season tour of South Korea, although their pursuit of a new big-money forward could drag on longer than that (Evening Standard).
The Spurs head coach wants the club to complete a number of signings before they fly out to Asia on July 9 but he may be forced to wait beyond that date to secure a new forward.
The report explains that Leeds winger Raphinha and Everton’s Richarlison are among Spurs’ top targets this summer as they prepare to embark on their first full season under Conte’s guidance.
Tottenham are said to be getting ready to make an opening offer for £65 million-valued Raphinha, which comes after rivals Arsenal had a bid of their own rejected (The Guardian).
The same report mentioned that the 25-year-old has also attracted attention from Chelsea, while Barcelona agreed personal terms with the winger, who prefers a move to the Camp Nou.
Spurs’ interest in Richarlison has also been well documented with Everton expected to demand in excess of £50 million to sanction a transfer (Daily Mail).
Conte’s side had also placed Gabriel Jesus on their shortlist, however, interest has since cooled with the Manchester City striker not thought to be a target for the club (Charlie Eccleshare).
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It is understandable why Conte wants most of the transfer business done before the first pre-season tour as it will give him more time to allow the players to get acquainted with everything at the club. But it is always expected that big-money moves will drag out considering they involve a lot of finances and plenty of other factors behind the scenes.
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