Tottenham have endured an upturn in form in the second-half of the season culminating in the north London club being just one win away from a return to the Champions League, after a two-year absence.
The appointment of Antonio Conte in November has been a huge contributing factor in Spurs’ rise after what can only be described as a dismal start to the season under Nuno Espirito Santo.
Conte is a serial winner finding success as a player and now as a coach. The 52-year-old has won league titles at every club he has taken charge of and the Italian would not have taken the reins at Spurs if he did not believe he could lead the club their first top flight title since 1961.
To do that, Conte must be given the tools to adequately invest in his squad and securing a top four place and Champions League qualification for next season will be pivotal bargaining tool during this summer’s planned shopping spree.
Conte is set to add up to six players this summer in a bid to push Spurs closer to the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City next season.
The midfield is an area in need of refurbishment with Tanguy Ndombele on loan at Lyon and Harry Winks seemingly not in Conte’s plans.
Rodrigo Bentancur was acquired in January and has performed well for Spurs but extra bodies are needed for Conte if his side are going to seriously compete next season.
First on the list is Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn who Conte is a huge admirer of.
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McGinn has been exceptional for Villa during his first three seasons in the Premier League, after playing a key role in the club’s promotion from the Championship in 2019.
The Scottish international has three years left on his contract at Villa Park and despite Manchester United previously showing an interest in the former Hibernian man, a move to Spurs could be on the horizon for the 27-year-old.
Conte added loan signings Dejan Kulusevski and Cristian Romero to his squad in January and is likely to turn them into permanent deals this summer, after both players impressed since their switch to the Premier League.
Tottenham’s interest in five-time Serie A winner Paulo Dybala does not seem to go away, with the forward leaving Turin when his contract expires in June.
Spurs came close to signing Dybala in 2020 but the Argentine opted to stay at Juventus. The club are once again showing an interest, with the player now a free agent.
Dybala is currently considering an offer from Inter Milan but the forward had reportedly inquired about living in London.
With bags of Champions League experience under his belt, Dybala could be the perfect addition to Spurs’ already prolific attack.
Spurs’ managing director of football, Fabio Paratici, spent 11 years working at Juventus, which could prove beneficial if any talks were to surface.
Southampton Captain James Ward-Prowse is another player linked with a switch to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with many believing now is the time for the talented 27-year-old to make his big move.
With over 300 games under his belt for the Saints, Ward-Prowse offers experience as well as a key threat from set-pieces.
He is second on the all-time list for most free-kicks scored in the Premier League.
Villarreal’s Pau Torres is attracting suitors from all over Europe and Tottenham have thrown their hat into the ring.
The 25-year-old Spanish international defender could be a fantastic addition to Conte’s squad given his role in leading the Yellow Submarines to Europa League glory last season and the Champions League semi-final this term.
This is how Tottenham could line up next season.