The 11 Tottenham players who could leave this summer to fund Antonio Conte’s transfer rebuild


Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici want to rebuild Tottenham Hotspur this summer, but it will require a lot of movement away from the club.

There are plenty of players still on Spurs’ books who will need to be moved on to free up additional funds and space in the squad and others who will want to leave to become regular starters elsewhere. As always, there will also be unexpected offers for players which could lead to departures that hadn’t been on the table before.

Here are 11 players we think could walk out the exit door this summer. We’re not saying they will all leave Spurs before the transfer window closes, just that they could be the group of players where the departures are coming from.

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Tanguy Ndombele

It’s not rocket science to understand that if Conte is Tottenham manager next season, Tanguy Ndombele is highly unlikely to start games for the club. The problem for Spurs will be getting the kind of money they want for their club-record signing, which hasn’t really lit up Lyon since returning to the French league and is currently injured.

There is an option for Lyon to buy Ndombele for a fee not too far off from what Spurs paid them back in the summer of 2019 and that seems unlikely at this stage. The Frenchman may need to be loaned out again somewhere in order to increase his value for a permanent move in a year’s time.

Giovani Lo Celso

Lo Celso is in a similar boat to Ndombele in that Conte clearly sees no place for him in his squad, although the Argentine’s Champions League performances for Villarreal could see him retain much of his value .

Interestingly, Lo Celso fits Conte’s system – specifically a 3-5-2 – and his style of football, but it looks like Tottenham’s second most expensive signing in history will follow the most expensive to play elsewhere. next season.

Pierluigi Gollini

The chances of Spurs signing Pierluigi Gollini on loan from Atalanta on a permanent basis appear to be diminishing month on month, particularly with the club set to win the race to sign the West Brom goalkeeper and of England Sam Johnstone on a free transfer.

Paratici and Nuno Espirito Santo had expected Gollini to replace Hugo Lloris but the Italian’s 10 appearances this season for Spurs, coupled with Lloris’ new contract, showed that was unlikely to be the case. Paratici can now believe that with Johnstone a free agent, the roughly £11million it would cost to bring in Gollini could perhaps be placed elsewhere in the transfer window.

Harry winks

Winks will likely want to continue this summer in search of regular starts, particularly if he is to revive any dim chance of making England’s World Cup squad. Conte loves Winks and continually says he can “rely on him”, but ultimately that didn’t lead to many more departures.

Winks has started just nine Premier League appearances this season and Spurs are unlikely to stand in his way with three central defensive midfielders already in the squad.

Joe Rodon

Another that Conte praised but didn’t play much. Rodon is due to leave for regular football next season, particularly with Spurs looking to sign another centre-back in the summer, to provide more competition on the left of the back three.

“To see Joe’s performance and also Steven Bergwijn’s performance, maybe it means we’re doing a good job with them. Joe doesn’t play a lot of games with us but despite that he was in good shape,” Conte said. this month after the international break. “Joe is a good player but a really, really great man. He had broken two ribs, not one. He did all the training sessions.

“He was always available and I know very well the pain you feel when you break a rib. It means you are a great man. Joe is improving a lot, he has to keep going, work hard and have that satisfaction I repeat that to play this way with Wales in an important game in World Cup qualification, it means you work hard and well.”

Spurs’ best plan would be to loan the Welshman, who has three years left on his contract, to a Premier League club next season as his value is likely to rise with a full season of starts under his belt in the club. elite, a division in which he is more than capable of excelling.

Emerson Royal

If Conte is the man at the helm next season, it could be a quick turnaround for Emerson Royal with a move from north London within a year as he simply doesn’t fit the Italian system.

Bought as a functional and solid right-back for Espirito Santo’s back four, the Brazilian doesn’t fit comfortably into the wing-back role, without the ability to attack like a winger and cross into the opposition box. He has just one assist to his name in 39 appearances this season but his value would have been retained as a right-back if Spurs wanted to sell him to a club in Spain.

At just 23, he could still improve, but Paratici could see more value in just signing a natural winger.

Matt Doherty’s form, comfort as a wing-back and recent injury which will see him return to pre-season may have seen him become the player likely to stay at the club in the role with a new right-back in demand . to join him.

Sergio Reguilon

The situation with Sergio Reguilon is similar to that of Emerson in that he is also more of a full-back than a full-back and has yet to fully show his ability to play a role which he admits to having. little experience.

The 25-year-old has at least two goals and three assists to his name this season and he could still adapt to the wingers’ demands. However, it feels like Conte prefers Ryan Sessegnon in the role and his extensive praise for the youngster suggests he sees him as a long-term star in the making.

Real Madrid have their second and final option to re-sign Reguilon this summer for an estimated fee of almost £43million, although that price could be high for a player who has mostly been absent from the squad. Spain last season.

Steven Bergwijn

Just like Rodon and Winks, for Steven Bergwijn next season will be about playing regular football.

Another that Conte raves about, the Spurs boss saying this month: “We’re talking about a great quality player, with great potential. He’s different from other players in the team, good against one. When the space is tight, he is good at beating the man and scoring. Steven has a lot of room for improvement, he must try to give continuity and continue to work as he does.

“For us, he is an important player, the type who if he starts or enters, he can change the situation, due to a specific superiority characteristic. Create chances for himself or for the other. He must continue to believe more in himself. He is a young player with a lot of room for improvement. He must continue to work, improve with and without the ball. Help the team at every moment because football is a team game and you have to be ready at all times to help the team with or without the ball.”

However, Ajax really wanted Bergwijn and tried to sign him this summer. With just four Premier League starts to his name and substitute appearances often for minutes at a time, the Dutchman is unlikely to be desperate to stay next season, despite his five goals and two assists. as much as he wants to play. in the World Cup, he helped his country achieve.

jack clark

The 21-year-old winger has just one year left on his contract at Tottenham and it just doesn’t look like he’s going to become a Spurs regular.

Clarke has so far had loans to Leeds, QPR, Stoke and now Sunderland and either another loan with a small contract extension will happen to spark interest in him for a subsequent permanent move or Spurs will be looking to offload the £9million signing from Leeds this summer if the interest is there.

Lucas Moura

This could fall into the category of unexpected exits as Conte has labeled Lucas Moura as an important player in his team.

The Brazilian hasn’t been a first-choice starter since Dejan Kulusevski’s arrival, however, and it’s likely that more attacking players will arrive this summer.

Lucas has contributed to some great moments for the club and has the pace to change games, but Paratici and Conte could feel he turned 30 this summer and has provided just 19 goals and 15 assists in 133 games. Premier League in more than four years for the club, any sizeable offer for his services could be tempting.

Cameron Carter Vickers

The 24-year-old had a great season away from Tottenham with Celtic, playing 40 games, winning the Scottish League Cup and possibly the league title, while becoming a hero for the Glasgow side with the winning goal in an old company. Derby this month.

His performances have been praised and Celtic are set to take the option of signing him permanently from Spurs for £6m with future add-ons potentially taking the fee up to £10m eventually. Premier League clubs are also monitoring his situation after a great campaign in Scotland.


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