Tottenham has seldom been so upbeat ahead of a summer transfer window.
The club has returned to the Champions League, Harry Kane wants to remain and may sign a new deal, and chairman Daniel Levy is poised to provide Antonio Conte a summer war chest after an extraordinary £150 million investment from owners ENIC.
Spurs still have to convince Conte to remain – the head coach is expected to speak with managing director Fabio Paratici – and spend the money wisely, but all indicators point to this being a potentially significant summer in the club’s recent history.
Priority number one
A new wing-back or two would instantly take Conte’s team to the next level. Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal are two of the manager’s greatest success stories, having achieved near-cult status by the conclusion of the season, although the club would consider bids for both, as well as Sergio Reguilon.
Conte is looking for a pair of energetic, quick, and combative wing-backs and is willing to convert a forward, as indicated by the club’s pursuit of Adama Traore in January. The number of wing-backs Spurs sign will necessarily depend on how many they let go, but Conte would want to have a fresh option on each side.
What more do they require?
A new backup goalkeeper, a center-back or two, a midfielder, and a striker are all needed. Conte prefers Eric Dier and Cristian Romero, although the Italian prefers a left-sided center-half to compete with Ben Davies.
Spurs might acquire two defenders, especially if Davinson Sanchez or Japhet Tanganga get lucrative bids. A ball-playing midfielder is also desired, as is a versatile attacker capable of playing out wide as well as deputizing for Harry Kane upfront.
Arrivals that are possible
More targets are likely to emerge after Conte’s highly anticipated meeting with Paratici, but experienced goalkeeper Fraser Forster, on a free transfer from Southampton, is certain to be their first acquisition of the summer.
Spurs will next focus on acquiring a center-half. Conte admires Inter’s Alessandro Bastoni, and Spurs believe they can compete with Chelsea for Gleison Bremer.
Their wing-back targets include Europa League champion Filip Kostic and Inter Milan veteran Ivan Perisic, as well as Atletico Madrid’s Yannick Carrasco.
Conte likes Chelsea’s Jorginho’s profile and might search for a comparable player in midfield, with Leicester’s Youri Tielemans being connected. Gabriel Jesus’ versatility makes him a potentially appealing choice, however, Spurs would face competition from Arsenal for the Manchester City attacker.
Outgoings will prioritize Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso, while Bryan Gil may be permitted to remain on loan on the continent.
Pierluigi Gollini is returning to parent club Atalanta, while Steven Bergwijn, Harry Winks, and Joe Rodon are all expected to seek first-team opportunities elsewhere.
Others on the outside of the squad, such as Lucas Moura, might also go at the right price, while Spurs would consider offers for their wing-backs, with the probable exception of Ryan Sessegnon, whom Conte regards highly and who has certainly not hit his peak. Troy Parrott, Alfie Devine, and Dane Scarlett, all promising teenagers, might possibly be loaned away.