Transfer expert Dean Jones has claimed that almost all of Antonio Conte’s and Fabio Paratici’s transfer targets will be from the Italian Serie A in January.
Since Conte’s appointment three weeks ago, there has been plenty of speculation regarding the players that the Italian will look to bring to Tottenham in January.
Sources from Italy have indicated that Spurs had agreed to give the 52-year-old a significant transfer budget of more than €100m (£84.6m) in a ‘short time’.
Other reports have even claimed that the new Tottenham boss has also been promised a war chest of £150m.
A lot of Serie A stars have been linked with a move to Spurs over the last two weeks, with Conte thought to have urged the club to snap up the likes of Inter Milan duo Marcelo Brozovic and Stefan de Vrij and AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli among others.
This has been contradicted by other sources, with Alasdair Gold revealing on his YouTube channel (starting at 23:50) this week that Conte and Paratici are yet to discuss transfer targets.
The journalist also added that Conte is aware that Spurs cannot spend huge amounts and will have to sell some players to raise funds for their targets.
Jones has now confidently asserted that the players that Tottenham will go for, will be from Serie A as Italian football is where Conte’s and Paratici’s expertise and connections lay.
He said on The Done Deal Show: “Ultimately, they’re going to be shopping in Italy because that’s where all of their connections are, almost all of their signings will come from there at any big level because that’s where all the knowledge is and the connections are at Tottenham right now.
“We’re already seeing that he’s going to be linked with pretty much anyone he worked with at Inter and any Serie A player who becomes available or is in good form like Vlahovic or any player like that.
“There will be some business and that was part of the terms of Conte coming in that he’ll be able to strengthen the team as needed.”
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It is obvious that the Italian market is something that Paratici and Conte will know really well. So, a couple of our targets could well be from Serie A.
However, it might not be right to suggest that all our targets will be from Italy. Paratici likely has a wide network of scouts, who are keeping an eye on talents across the continent and even outside it.
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