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What business could Antonio Conte and Tottenham be looking to do this summer?

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While Tottenham might have initially struggled with their consistency when Antonio Conte arrived in north London back in November, Spurs now find themselves enjoying quite the purple patch.

Although the Lilywhites might not have any more European obligations for the remainder of the season, it appears that they are now sat in pole position to clinch a Champions League return.

Watching the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and West Ham all drop points over the weekend, Tottenham breezed their way to a thumping 4-0 victory away at Aston Villa on Saturday evening.

With it looking like the mood in their camp is at a red-hot high, the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are really enjoying life under the one-time Chelsea boss.

Expecting a big summer in the capital, we have taken a look at what business Tottenham could be looking to wrap up ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

Making Kulusevski’s move a perm

While many Tottenham fans might have been initially disappointed to have seen just Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur arrive in January, there is no doubt that the Juventus duo have made an immediate impact.

Once again finding the net away at Villa Park last weekend, Swedish international Kulusevski has become an immediate fan favourite in north London and it is no secret that Spurs already want to make the 21-year-old’s move a permanent one.

Forming what has been a stellar partnership with both Kane and Son, Kulusevski has already notched three Premier League strikes and six assists during his early tenure in the capital.

Receiving a string of praise from Conte and already admitting how much he is enjoying life in north London, ESPN reported earlier in the week that Spurs are desperate to complete a long-term deal for the 22-cap international.

Forming a stellar partnership with both Kane and Son, Tottenham have the option to complete a €30million permanent deal this summer – a deal that is looking more attractive by the week.

A return for Eriksen?

With it announced back on Deadline Day in January that Christian Eriksen would be making an emotional Premier League return, many across Europe were wondering how the former Tottenham star would adjust to life back in England’s top-flight.

Returning to professional football just seven months after suffering a cardiac arrest at last year’s European Championships, the Danish playmaker seems like he hasn’t missed a beat.

Finding the net against Chelsea earlier in the month as Brentford claimed a famous 4-1 romp away at defending European champions Chelsea, Eriksen now appears to be a man in demand this summer.

While Thomas Frank might have made it clear that he wants the 30-year-old to extend his short-term deal in west London, 90min reported over the weekend that Eriksen could make a sensational return to Tottenham over the coming months.

With Spurs firmly leaving the door open for a shock return, 90min have suggested that Conte’s side could face stiff competition from the likes of Manchester United, West Ham and Newcastle.

A new right-back to join their ranks

While Cristian Romero might have impressed many across the Premier League after arriving from Atalanta last summer, it has been no secret that Conte is looking to add more defensive cover ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

Announcing over the weekend that Matt Doherty looks set to miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, a new right-back should be at the top of Tottenham’s wishlist this summer.

With former Barcelona defender Emerson Royal really failing to offer any kind of stability since arriving on a £25.8million deal, The Express are reporting that Conte has already identified his number one target.

Expected to be handed quite the transfer treasure chest by Daniel Levy, it has been suggested that RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol has a host of admirers in north London.

While The Express might be reporting that the German outfit would be seeking an offer worth in the region of £42million for them to part ways with the 20-year-old, Tottenham do remain confident that they can agree on a deal over the coming months.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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