Tottenham: 2021/22 season preview
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Nuno Espirito Santo could be handed an insane starting line-up at Tottenham Hotspur, if Fabio Paratici can complete deals for four targets. The money for those four transfers would come from the £150million sale of Harry Kane to Manchester City.
The England captain told Spurs that he wanted to leave the club at the start of the summer, with City emerging as the frontrunners.
Though time is running out to complete a deal, the Premier League champions are understood to be ready to return with an improved offer for the striker.
Spurs are unwilling to sell for less than £150m, which would give managing director of football Paratici substantial funds with which to rebuild Nuno’s squad.
The former Juventus chief has already brought in goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini and defender Cristian Romero from Atalanta.
And the money raised from the sale of Kane would allow the Italian to bring in four targets on his shopping list to give Spurs a potentially incredible starting line-up.
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In goal, Gollini has failed to supplant Hugo Lloris as first-choice keeper, with the Frenchman continuing to keep his place under new boss Nuno.
The first of the four targets will become the right-back, with Firenze Viola is keen to sign Fiorentina star Nikola Milenkovic.
The Serbian is in the final year of his contract with La Viola, with Paratici said to be a long-time admirer of the right-back.
Though he only featured as a substitute in Spurs’ first game of the season, Romero should become one of the main centre-backs in Nuno’s side.
Joining him in the heart of defence will be the second of Paratici’s targets, Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma.
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According to Sky Sports, Spurs are interested in the 26-year-old, who looks set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
Sergio Reguilon has impressed at left-back since joining from Real Madrid, with Spurs happy for the Spaniard to be their long-term option in the position.
Though he has mainly used a 4-3-3 formation, Nuno could change to a 4-2-3-1, which would see Pierre-Emile Hoijberg and Oliver Skipp selected as the two holding midfielders.
On the right of the attacking trio behind a lone striker would be the third target, Adama Traore, who starred under Nuno at Wolves.
According to the Daily Mail, the Midlands club are bracing themselves for an approach from Spurs, who are ready to bid £45m for the winger if they sell Kane.
Playing in the central role behind the lone striker would be Heung-Min Son, who scored the winning goal against City on Sunday.
Selected on the left of the attacking trio would be Steven Bergwijn, who has impressed since Nuno took over as manager.
The final target on Paratici’s shopping list, Dusan Vlahovic, would take Kane’s place as the lone striker.
The Serbian has been a sum-long target of Tottenham’s, having scored 21 goals in Serie A last season.
Firenze Viola report that Spurs are readying a £60m offer for the double transfer of Vlahovic and Milenkovic.
Potential Tottenham starting XI: Hugo Lloris; Nikola Milenkovic, Cristian Romero, Kurt Zouma, Sergio Reguilon; Pierre-Emile Hoijberg, Oliver Skipp; Adama Traore, Heung-Min Son, Steven Bergwijn; Dusan Vlahovic
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