Antonio Conte satisfied despite stalemate
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Newcastle United’s transfer ambitions could infringe upon those of new Tottenham Hotspur manager. The Italian took charge of his first ever match at Tottenham just before the international break, seeing his new side draw 0-0 away to Everton.
And the former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager looks to have his eye on the January transfer window, as he seeks to stamp his own mark on the North Londoners.
Various reports have stated Spurs chairman Daniel Levy promised the new boss a substantial transfer budget to entice the four-time Serie A champion to the club.
It has been believed the Premier League winner could even be afforded as much as £84million to refresh his new side for the Winter.
However, Conte’s pursuit for one of his potential targets, Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar, could be severely hampered by Newcastle, as a report from the Times claims the Magpies are chasing his fellow team mate de Vrij.
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If a central defender was not already a transfer priority for Conte, it most definitely is now, after summer signing Cristian Romero suffered what could be a nasty hamstring injury during the international break.
The Argentinean central defender pulled up during his country’s 0-0 draw against Brazil and was left reeling on the turf in pain.
It is unknown what the extent of his injury is, but if it is half as bad as it looked, then the former Atalanta defender will likely be without him for some time.
And with Conte’s preference of playing three central defenders, Tottenham will likely need to identify a new central defender to step into the back-line.
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Skriniar has regularly been linked with a move to Tottenham.
It is believed Jose Mourinho was desperate to sign the Slovakian defender during his one and only summer transfer window.
However, it is believed the North Londoners were not willing to meet Inter’s asking price of around £50m for the 26-year-old defender.
Conte’s previous management of Skriniar at Inter has organically led to rumours of the Italian reuniting with his former defender.
However, Newcastle’s chasing of de Vrij could be a huge stumbling block for any future negotiations with Skriniar.
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Simone Inzaghi’s side are still fighting for the Serie A title and allowing both Skriniar and de Vrij to leave in January would be an enormous risk.
And with Newcastle United preparing for their first transfer window under their £320bn owners, it is likely the new owners would want to finalise any possible transfers quickly.
Despite the fact they are comfortably the wealthiest side in the Premier League, they are currently languishing in 19th position, having not won a single league match.
It is also claimed by the Times they are preparing moves for Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic and Lazio’s Albanian goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.
Huge changes are desperately needed on Tyneside, and with Eddie Howe recently becoming the first manager of the new era, the new Newcastle owners will likely do whatever it takes to ensure he has a side who can evade the drop.
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