Tottenham Hotspur have set their sights on Real Madrid’s Antonio Rüdiger for the summer, according to

Spurs are planning to build a squad with the aim of competing for the title next season and also ensure Antonio Conte’s continuity.

The manager’s deal expires in June and the north London club have an option to extend it until 2024. One of the positions Tottenham need to bolster is their defence.

They are looking to bring in a top-level centre-back to play alongside Cristian Romero. This is where Rüdiger fits in and the report explains Tottenham’s interest in him ‘has been confirmed’ in the last few hours.

After leaving Chelsea as a free agent, the 29-year-old joined Los Blancos last summer. He hasn’t been convincing and the option for Real Madrid to sign RB Leipzig’s Joško Gvardiol has opened the possibility of the Germany international leaving the La Liga side.

Rüdiger, for his part, would be interested in ‘looking for a way out’ of the Bernabéu. Spurs would ‘welcome’ his signing because he would fit into Conte’s system, has the experience of playing in the Premier League and is comfortable to operate in a three-man defence.

His deal is until 2026 and Carlo Ancelotti’s side wouldn’t let him leave for cheap. Spurs are showing interest in Rüdiger and an operation in the next window would depend on what Real Madrid plan to do with the player.