June 27, 2022

The summer transfer window is in full swing and Tottenham have already worked to strengthen Antonio Conte’s squad ahead of the 2022/23 season. The new arrivals – Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma will all hopefully have a positive impact on the Spurs squad, benefiting the team with their individual qualities.

The Italian wants at least six new arrivals this summer so there’s still work to be done but it’s a positive start. One role the Italian could still play with more options is in central midfield.

With the addition of the Mali international, Conte now has five options for the two roles in the middle. Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg were in the regular XI, especially in the second half of the season and stepped up when needed.

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The Dane’s future had been discussed in N17, but football.london understands the 26-year-old will stay at Tottenham. Harry Winks is the midfielder who looks most likely to leave this summer, with the Englishman struggling to get regular playing time even before Bissouma arrives.

Oliver Skipp should be back in time for the tough pre-season ahead. Conte will now also have Bissouma, as well as potentially Pape Matar Sarr, who is expected to return from his loan spell at Metz.

This means the Italian will have at least four solid midfielders to choose from. However, with the busy schedule that the 2022/23 campaign will bring, the 52-year-old needs enough quality to make the necessary rotations and not drop his squad’s level.

Tottenham have already been linked with a number of other midfielders this summer. Despite the improvements seen since Conte’s arrival, the Lilywhites could still do with an attacking midfielder who can add even more creativity and a strong link between defense and attack.

Spurs have been linked with Weston McKennie, James Maddison and a return for Christian Eriksen. The Dane enjoyed a successful spell at Brentford, when he joined in January, after returning to football following his cardiac arrest last summer.

The 30-year-old’s contract ends this summer, which sparked the links of his return to N17. However, football.londonunderstands that Tottenham have yet to follow up on their interest in Eriksen and that makes a return less likely.

Spurs appeared to have a boost in the pursuit of the midfielder, with his desire to stay in London. However, with the various offers he’s received, that might not be a deciding factor now.

Therefore, Fabio Paratici may have to look for a replacement in the role the Denmark international could have filled. It could come from Lucas Paqueta, who has been linked with Arsenal and Newcastle, but football.london reported earlier this month that the Brazilian is a player Spurs are tracking.

The 24-year-old scored nine goals and six assists in 35 Ligue 1 games for Lyon last season. Most of Paqueta’s appearances have been as an attacking midfielder, but the Brazilian can play centre, right or up front.

This versatility is just one of the many beneficial qualities of the current Lyon midfielder, which could be a boost for Conte. Paqueta is a player who has received praise from both of his managers over the past year.

In April 2021, former Lyon coach Rudi Garcia spoke lyrically about the qualities of the 24-year-old player. “Paqueta is very good, he provides many assists and on the pitch he has a great relationship with [Memphis] Depay,” the 58-year-old admitted.

“He helps his teammates and has a great team spirit, that aspect is his great strength. Lucas scores and also doesn’t forget to play for himself. He’s ready in the box and has a great shot from the Outside, there are very few like him.”

The compliments were echoed by the French team’s current coach, Peter Bosz. “We know he’s a good player and we saw why,” he explained last September.

“He played a very good game. Lucas played an incredible game, he was very strong with and without the ball. An extraordinary game, like the other players. Lucas was extraordinary, it must be said.”

According to French outlet L’Equipe, Paqueta wants to leave Lyon this summer but it will come at a cost to Tottenham. The Ligue 1 side reportedly want £51m for the Brazilian, but with Spurs’ £150m investment from ENIC and the money they are likely to earn from some exits, signing wouldn’t break the bank, especially considering the business they’ve already completed. cheaper.

If Tottenham can’t secure a reunion with Eriksen and Conte wants a strong midfielder to add to his squad, Paqueta could be a good alternative, but only time will tell who is targeting Spurs.

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