Antonio Conte set for revised Tottenham transfer budget after Champions League progress as January signings eyed

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte Credit: Alamy
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte Credit: Alamy

Antonio Conte’s January transfer budget looks set to be revised after Tottenham secured their place in the Champions League knockout stages.

Spurs fought back from a goal down in Marseille, when it looked like they were crashing out of the competition, to secure a 2-1 win thanks to Clement Lenglet’s header and a fine last-minute Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg strike.

The midfielder’s goal also secured Conte’s men top spot in Group D, meaning they will avoid other group winners in the last 16.

Conte was forced to watch on from the stands after his red card against Sporting Lisbon.

However, the Italian looks set for another cash injection to bolster his squad in the new year.

Tottenham still look light in a few areas. Indeed, another centre-back, a right-back and a midfield playmaker are all potential January incomings.

Qualification for the last 16 is worth £8.2million in prize money alone for Spurs, making the victory in France even more significant.

With Tottenham expected to invest in January, it’s the kind of boost that will be welcomed by Conte, sporting director Fabio Paratici and chairman Daniel Levy, as reported in the Daily Express.

Furthermore, group stage wins are also worth £2.4m while draws earn clubs around £800,000.

Meanwhile, Champions League prize-money earnings do not take into consideration other factors. Those factors mainly include TV revenue, gate receipts and match-day revenue.

Conte tipped to make three signings

In terms of where Conte will look to strengthen, a playmaker and new centre-back are high on his agenda.

Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni remains Conte’s top defensive target, although names are on his list.

As for players who could give Spurs a much-needed creative boost, Leicester’s James Maddison is a top option.

Right wing-back has also been mooted as an area in need of an upgrade.

Emerson Royal continues to produce inconsistent displays, especially against the better teams in the Premier League. Matt Doherty also has the same tendency, while Conte won’t even try Djed Spence.

Tottenham are currently struggling in the forward areas, with Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison currently out.

They also have major doubts over Son Heung-min after the striker took a blow to the face at Marseille.

The club are yet to provide an update on the South Korean. However, he appears certain to miss Sunday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool in north London.

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