Antonio Conte was expected to remain at Tottenham after talks with transfer chief Fabio Paratici | Football News

Antonio Conte is preparing for next season at Tottenham after talks with managing director of football Fabio Paratici on Friday.

Conte has been told the club aim to sign at least six or seven players, as Spurs look to back the Italian in the transfer market.

The former Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan head coach has one year left on his deal, but is more likely to sign a new contract than leave if Spurs deliver on their transfer promises.

Spurs are targetting several areas, with goalkeeper, center back, wing back, central midfielder and striker among the positions they plan to strengthen.

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As many as six or seven signings could arrive, but there is currently an imbalance in terms of home grown players, which will need to be addressed.

Conte wants more depth in the squad, while also adding experienced players – a shift from recent times when Spurs have targeted younger players.

There are some at the club who feel it is inaccurate that they did not invest in the playing squad in previous years, but there is an acknowledgment that they did not always get recruitment right.

The additions of Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski have given Spurs belief they are now improving their recruitment under managing director of football Fabio Paratici.

Spurs confident of signing Perisic after making contract offer

Ivan Perisic had earlier given Inter the lead at the San Siro
Ivan Perisic had earlier given Inter the lead at the San Siro

Tottenham are confident of signing Ivan Perisic on a free transfer from Inter Milan.

Spurs have made the 33-year-old a contract offer, with his deal at Inter coming to an end.

Further talks are expected on Monday, when Perisic is set to make a decision on his future, also amid another offer from Inter.

The Croatia international, who has 113 caps for his country and scored in the 2018 World Cup final, has been at Inter since 2015. He won Serie A last season under Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte after spending the 2019-20 season on loan at Bayern Munich where he lifted the Champions League.

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