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Reliable journalist claims Spurs summer signing wasn’t Conte’s first choice target

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Tottenham Hotspur signed French international defender Clement Lenglet on a loan deal from Barcelona during the summer transfer window.

The 27-year-old has done reasonably well at his new club so far and he will be hoping to cement his place as a regular starter alongside Cristian Romero at the heart of Antonio Conte’s defence this season.

However, reliable journalist Alasdair Gold from Football London claims that the Barcelona defender was not the first choice target for the Londoners and they were keen on signing Josko Gvardiol and Alessandro Bastoni instead.

Gold said: “Spurs definitely wanted Gvardiol or Bastoni last summer but they were both big money signings and unavailable for varying reasons and that’s why they went for the experienced Lenglet and this loan. It essentially either fixes the problem for a season with competition for Davies and they try again for Bastoni next summer, or Lenglet makes the role his own.”

That said, both players were expensive targets and they were unavailable this summer because of a number of reasons. As a result of that, Tottenham had to settle for their third-choice defensive target, Lenglet.

It will be interesting to see if Tottenham decide to renew their interest in the likes of Bastoni and Gvardiol in the coming windows.

There is no doubt that both defenders are exceptional talents with a big future in the game. Furthermore, Antonio Conte has seen Bastoni up close during his time at Inter Milan and he will know all about the Italian defender’s qualities.

As for Lenglet, he will be hoping to impress thoroughly during his loan spell and perhaps earn a permanent move to the London club at the end of the season.

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at large
at large
2 months ago

What Conte really wants is ball playing CBs that can tackle and defend in a zonal system.

Rather than sign someone I’d be in favor of playing PEH at CB and playing Skipp Bissouma and Sarr more in the midfield occasionally.

East Stand
East Stand
2 months ago

The club wanted those players? Perhaps Conte did, however the two are not the same thing…

HotspurGeezer
HotspurGeezer
2 months ago
Reply to  East Stand

Or could it possibly mean the club wanted them because Antonio Conte did & therefore is the same thing?

East Stand
East Stand
2 months ago
Reply to  HotspurGeezer

Why didn’t they get them then, if they’re the same thing, as you suggest? 🤔

Last edited 2 months ago by Easty
Chirpy
Chirpy
2 months ago
Reply to  East Stand

By the sound of him, every coach would want Gvardiol.

Bastoni is Conte’s boy from Inter. Gave him his wings and the lad has publicly spoken glowingly of AC. He is an Inter fan though.

ForzaSpurs
ForzaSpurs
2 months ago
Reply to  Chirpy

Bastoni has been ripped to shreds this season, inter are conceding lots of goals and he is too blame for the majority of them. He would likely be available for around 35 million in January. Looks like a faster stronger Joe Rodon to me.

judge
judge
2 months ago
Reply to  ForzaSpurs

on that analysis , Bastoni doesn’t appear to be a sensible signing – at any price ?

Archibald&Crooks (SC)
Archibald&Crooks (SC)
2 months ago
Reply to  ForzaSpurs

Interesting
We were all wanting him (me included) based on Conte wanting him maybe there are better CBs out there

East Stand
East Stand
2 months ago
Reply to  ForzaSpurs

Dodged a bullet there have we? 😂

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