How Tottenham could line-up next season with Antonio Conte’s 6 dream signings

Speculation surrounding Antonio Conte taking over as Tottenham manager has dominated the football world over the last 24 hours, with the Italian set to be bringing former Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici with him.

If a deal is confirmed, the Spurs faithful can seriously begin to dream over ending their 14-year trophy drought, with Conte a serial winner who wins silverware everywhere he goes.

The former Juventus boss has won four Serie A titles during his time in Italy, three with the Turin-based outfit before more recently ending nine-years of Juventus dominance by winning Inter Milan their first title in eleven years last season, their first title since Conte's fierce rival Jose Mourinho led the club.

Thankfully for Tottenham, Conte also already knows how to win silverware in England, guiding Chelsea to the 2016/17 Premier League title before winning the FA Cup the following season, having guided them to the final of the competition the season prior, only to lose to Spurs local rivals Arsenal.

Should Conte put pen to paper on a deal in North London, here are six signings he could make to transform Tottenham into a force to be reckoned with.

Stefan de Vrij

It hasn't taken long for talk to begin over Conte pinching talent from his previous club, with Inter centre-back de Vrij thought to be at the top of his wishlist.

The deal makes sense on paper, given de Vrij is one of Inter's most profitable assets and they are in dire need of finances, needing to cut their wage budget by 20 per cent in a bid to generate £86m worth of funds.

Spurs themselves have needed a top tier centre back for some time, with Toby Alderweireld entering the twilight of his playing days while the performances of both Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez have left a lot to be desired.

De Vrij has two years remaining on his contract with Inter and his rated at around the £45million mark, meaning Spurs will have to make him one of their most expensive ever signings should they really wish to lure him away from the San Siro.

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Romelu Lukaku

This signings is heavily dependant on the future of Harry Kane, should they lose their talisman this summer Lukaku would be the ideal replacement.

Yet another one of Conte's former Inter stars, Lukaku is on record as thinking highly of his old manager, and recent quotes from the Belgian international have led some to speculate over whether he could be tempted to join Tottenham.

Lukaku said: “I would die for Conte. I wasn’t able to join him at Chelsea (in 2017), but I’d always said I’d played for him as soon as I left Manchester United.

"Conte told me very directly: ‘If you don’t work in training you won’t play, it’s essential that you know how to play with your back to goal. It’s important to meet people who tell you the absolute truth to help you improve."

Lukaku is likely to also cost a pretty penny, but for him to join it would mean Kane would have to depart, so Spurs could dip into the money generated from Kane to secure Lukaku.

Joachim Andersen

Another central defender, Andersen offers a slightly cheaper alternative to De Vrij.

Having spent last season on loan to relegated outfit Fulham, Andersen was a rare bright spark in an otherwise dismal campaign for the Cottagers, with Arsenal also thought to be interested in a move for the Danish central defender.

Now back at parent club Lyon, Conte, or more likely Paratici, will have to enter negotiations with notoriously difficult Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.

Anderson's proven Premier League level ability may be enough to tempt Conte to bring him to Tottenham.

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Milan Skriniar

The third centre back on this list, it is clear where Tottenham must strengthen first as soon as Conte eventually arrives.

Remarkably, in theory Spurs could sign all three of the central defenders mentioned and play them all at once under Conte, given his love of the 3-5-2 formation.

Spurs have long held interest in Skriniar, with Conte's predecessor Mourinho thought to be a keen admirer, but Tottenham's efforts to sign him last summer fell on deaf ears.

Under the self-proclaimed 'special one', Spurs failed to meet Inter's valuation of the 26-year-old and he stayed put, going on to win the league under Conte's guidance.

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Olivier Giroud

Spurs have long needed a top quality back-up striker to fill in for Kane whenever he is side-lined with injury, that issue was exposed at the turn of the year when Kane was forced out of action with a hamstring injury.

He missed an away trip to Brighton, where Spurs looked at their most impotent, barely laying a glove on their opposition without a focal point to aim at.

Giroud could be that target man, known for loving life in London, the Frenchman would be burning a lot of bridges if he were to sign given his links to both Arsenal and Chelsea.

It was Conte that lured Giroud to Stamford Bridge, the pair joining forces for the last six months of Conte's time in West London where Giroud helped fire the Blues to FA Cup glory.

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Christian Eriksen

A man that Tottenham fans know all too well, the Dane swapped Tottenham for Inter last year after seven years in North London with Spurs.

Though his move to Italy saw him win silverware, something he failed to do while at Spurs, it is not been a dream move to the San Siro and speculation has been rife over a potential departure.

It is unlikely that the Dane will make a move back to Tottenham, but Conte is a fan of the midfielder despite struggling to help him recapture the form that made him an integral part of Tottenham's team before he left.

Eriksen would offer creativity to a Tottenham side lacking that vision and quality in the final third, easing the burden on duo Kane and Son Heung-Min.

Potential Tottenham XI (3-5-2): Lloris, Reguilón, de Vrij, Andersen, Skriniar, Doherty, Eriksen, Ndombele, Alli, Lukaku, Bergwijn

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