Antonio Conte is reportedly done with Tottenham’s right wing-back options and will offer a top star in a swap proposal for an outstanding Inter Milan defender, while Friday’s Euro Paper Talk claims AC Milan are ready for Chelsea and Manchester City to try and sign a prized forward.
CONTE TURNS TO INTER FOR EMERSON UPGRADE
Antonio Conte reportedly wants Tottenham to sign Inter Milan wing-back Denzel Dumfries in a deal that could see Emerson Royal move in the opposite direction.
Conte landed Ivan Perisic from his old club on a free last summer and continues to be linked with Inter centre-backs Alessandro Bastoni and Stefan De Vrij. But it appears he has another San Siro star on his radar in the shape of Dumfries.
The Spurs chief currently alternates between Emerson and Royal for the right wing-back spot, although Perisic and Ryan Sessegnon can also play there at a push. The odd man appears to be Djed Spence, who has hardly got a look in this season.
Emerson is Conte’s top option, however, although the Brazilian continues to be inconsistent.
He had a shocker in the 3-2 win at Bournemouth last weekend and was dropped for the midweek Champions League win over Marseille, a game in which he made a big impression off the bench as Tottenham chased qualification.
Dumfries a stronger option for Conte
But now a report from Italian outlet CMW claims Conte wants to put an end to all the chopping and changing by bringing in a world-class option on the right in Dumfries.
The Netherlands international has made a big impression since joining Inter in 2021. Indeed, he’s had a hand in 16 goals in just 62 games for the Serie A giants.
Dumfries is currently valued at around £35million. However, CMW adds that Spurs are hopeful of landing the player for around £20m plus Emerson.
At this stage, there is no confirmation of Inter actually expressing any interest in the Tottenham man. But if they do, it would be crazy for the north London club not to try and strike a deal, given Emerson’s inconsistent performances.
The arrival of Dumfries would bring an end to any selection issues at right wing-back, while Conte can then turn his attention to getting another centre-back and a playmaker on board.
MILAN EXPECTING CHELSEA, CITY BIDS FOR ATTACKER
AC Milan are expecting to receive offers for star forward Rafael Leao from Chelsea and Manchester City in January. (TMW)
Atletico Madrid have placed forward Joao Felix on the market to raise funds to strengthen their squad. Manchester United are likely to move for the attacker. (Cadena SER)
Barcelona plan to replace Gerard Pique with Athletic Club centre-back Inigo Martinez. (Diario Sport)
Roma are considering moving back in for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar. (Calciomercato)
Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa has extended his contract with FC Porto until June 2027 which includes an escape clause for the Manchester United and Barcelona target.
Wolves’ Ruben Neves and Leicester star Youri Tielemans are among the midfielders still on Barcelona’s radar. (Sport)
MORE EURO TRANSFER GOSSIP
Real Madrid officials have flown out to Brazil and are in talks to sign wonderkid Endrick. (Marca)
AC Milan will celebrate qualifying for the knockout phase of the Champions League by moving for Chelsea forward Hakim Ziyech. (Calciomercato)
Barcelona boss Xavi is considering Martin Zubimendi as a possible replacement for midfield stalwart Sergio Busquets. (Sport)
Juventus and Inter Milan will compete for the signature Benfica left-back Alejandro Grimaldo in January. (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid have a contract proposal ready for Germany midfielder Toni Kroos in case the 32-year-old decides to continue playing for one more season. (Fabrizio Romano)
Lionel Messi’s new PSG contract includes a clause that allows the Argentina forward to put international priorities before his club’s in the run-up to what is expected to be his last World Cup. (TN)
Juventus have been working to tie down Samuel Iling-Junior to a new contract. However, interest from RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt has reportedly complicated things. (Corriere dello Sport)
Netherlands winger Anwar el Ghazi says he misses playing in England. El Ghazi after left Aston Villa for PSV Eindhoven in the summer.
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