Tottenham Hotspur target Alessandro Bastoni, Sven Botman and Josko Gvardiol have potential to ‘become real top players’, journalist says Pete O’Rourke.
Spurs strengthened their midfield and attack by bringing in Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus in the January transfer window, but failed to strengthen their backline.
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New manager Antonio Conte was determined to land a new right-back last month and was close to signing Adama Traore before joining boyhood club Barcelona.
The north London side then saw their move for former Porto winger Luis Diaz hijacked by Premier League rivals Liverpool, leaving Conte frustrated in his attempts to bolster his first-team squad.
But it looks like Spurs are already making plans to reopen the market this summer, apparently identifying three key targets for the centre-back.
According to The Telegraph, Tottenham director of football Fabio Paratici has put Inter’s Bastoni, Lille’s Botman and RB Leipzig’s Gvardiol on his wishlist after looking for a young centre-back.
Botman was the subject of intense interest from Newcastle in the winter window but ended up staying put after the French champions placed a £46m price tag on their prized asset .
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Conte knows the qualities of Bastoni – who is valued at £54m by Transfermarkt – after the pair won Serie A together last season at the San Siro, while Gvardiol – who is valued at £22.5m sterling – is going from strength to strength in his debut campaign. in German football.
What did O’Rourke say about transfer targets?
With Botman and Bastoni 22 and Gvardiol just 20, O’Rourke believes all three have the “potential to improve” and become top-notch players.
He told GiveMeSport: “The thing about these three central defenders is that they are all quite young too. So they have room for potential to improve and become real top players.
“Sven Botman, we know, is a quality player at Lille; Conte knows all about Inter Milan’s Bastoni, while Gvardiol at RB Leipzig is also highly rated.
Why does Conte need a new centre-back?
Throughout his managerial career, Conte has mostly played in formations that required three centre-backs.
The Italian tactician achieved great success with this approach at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter, winning five combined league titles and three domestic cups.
However, none of his current options at Spurs are left-footed, meaning full-back Ben Davies was forced to substitute through midfield during his short reign at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
So it’s no surprise that Botman, Bastoni and Gvardiol are all left-footed, highlighting where Conte wants to improve his options.