Tottenham Hotspur’s focus will shift to incomings in the winter market after confirming the arrival of Antonio Conte on Tuesday.
On November 2nd, Gazzetta dello Sport reporter Carlo Laudisa stated the 52-year-old wants to make an ‘immediate attempt’ for Inter Milan’s Stefan de Vrij.
His contract lasts until 2023 and Calciomercato say there has been no progress in renewal talks, which started before the Covid-19 crisis.
Since then, the Netherlands international has cemented his place at the San Siro and the national team, and also went on win the title with Inter last season.
‘Precisely for this reason’, the centre-back’s entourage are requesting a ‘significant’ raise. De Vrij’s camp are demanding a salary of €6m per year, likely after tax, but the Nerazzurri ‘do not seem willing to pay’ this amount.
Therefore, the negotiations between the two parties ‘don’t take off’ and if there’s no renewal before June 2022, Inter plan to sell him next summer. Spurs can be an option for the Dutchman since Conte’s ‘esteem for De Vrij is the most concrete’.
Upon Conte’s arrival at Inter in 2019, the Serie A side’s leaders wanted to place the 29-year-old on the market. However, the manager blocked the defender’s sale. Conte sees De Vrij to be ‘perfect’ fit for his system.
With the former Chelsea manager appreciating De Vrij and his renewal now on ‘stand-by’ in Milan, Calciomercato state Inter ‘expect a phone call’ from Conte’s Tottenham.