ANTONIO Conte is widely tipped to be the man replacing Nuno Espirito Santo at Tottenham.
After Nuno was sacked this morning, SunSport has explored how Spurs could line-up if the 52-year-old former Chelsea boss is appointed.
Conte is set to fly to London TODAY and could be named as the new Spurs boss – but only if Daniel Levy agrees to his transfer demands.
The 52-year-old Italian was approached by Spurs in the summer but negotiations broke down due to Conte’s demands – which chairman Levy reportedly felt were too excessive.
But if Levy gives in this time, here’s who the former Chelsea boss could recruit.
Conte is famed for his three-at-the-back formation, and would likely employ either a 3-5-2 or a 3-4-3.
He led Inter to the Serie A title last season under a 3-5-2, and could bring some of the players he coached at San Siro to North London.
With just nine goals in ten league games Spurs are crying out for another goalscorer to ease pressure on Harry Kane.
And Inter striker Lautaro Martinez could be the man for the job after he was linked with a £60million move to Tottenham in the summer.
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However in a blow to the North Londoners the 24-year-old Argentinian signed a new contract at San Siro just days ago.
Conte could also bring in two new centre-backs to shore up the Spurs defence.
He could make a sensational move for Chelsea contract rebel Antonio Rudiger, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
And Spurs are one of a number of clubs reportedly in talks with the 28-year-old.
Highly rated Inter defender Milan Skriniar could also be recruited so Conte can employ three-centre backs.
Some much needed steel in midfield is also likely to be on Conte’s wish list.
Marcelo Brozovic may be the man for the job, with the 28-year-old Croatian international out of contract at San Siro at the end of the season.
It means Spurs could opt to sign him for a cut price deal in January, or snap him up on a free in the summer.
And finally Brozovic’s Inter team-mate Ivan Perisic could complete the rebuild.
The Croatian was linked with Spurs back in January, and is also out of contract at the end of the season.
Alternatively Spurs would be likely to line-up entirely differently if they lose star man Harry Kane.
If that is the case Conte could opt to use wingers to get the best out of Son Heung-Min, with out-of-contract Torino striker Andrea Belotti leading the line.
Spurs have also been linked with Nantes hot-shot Randal Kolo Muani, who would complete a formidable front line.
Conte could also reunite with Matteo Darmian – another player who fits his wing-back system.
The 31-year-old has experience playing both in the Premier League and under Conte and could be a shrewd addition.
And instead of a move for Skriniar to add defensive steel Conte could try and nab Inter’s other highly rated centre-back – Stefan De Vrij.
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