Tottenham are confident of signing Ivan Perisic on a free transfer from Inter Milan.
Spurs have made the 33-year-old a contract offer, with his deal at Inter coming to an end.
Further talks are expected on Monday, when Perisic is set to make a decision on his future, also amid another offer from Inter.
The Croatia international, who has 113 caps for his country and scored in the 2018 World Cup final, has been at Inter since 2015. He won Serie A last season under Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte after spending the 2019-20 season on loan at Bayern Munich where he lifted the Champions League.
The pair could be set to reunite with Conte preparing for next season at the club after talks with managing director of football Fabio Paratici on Friday.
Conte has been told the club aim to sign at least six or seven players, as Spurs look to back the Italian in the transfer market.
Spurs are targeting several areas, with goalkeeper, center back, wing-back, central midfielder and striker among the positions they plan to strengthen. Conte deployed Perisic at left wing-back during his time at Inter after bringing him back into the fold.
‘Spurs clearly backing Conte this summer’
Sky Sports News reporter Paul Gilmour:
“Following the news that Tottenham have put in £ 150m of equity funds into the club, the club are clearly backing Antonio Conte in the transfer market this summer.
“They will target several positions including goalkeeper, center back, wing-back, central midfielder and a striker. As many as six or seven players could arrive. They will need to find the right balance with homegrown players. There is currently an imbalance in this area.
“Conte wants more depth in the squad, and he also wants to add experienced players, a shift from recent times when Spurs targeted younger players.
“There are some at the club who feel it’s inaccurate they didn’t spend in the past but there is an acknowledgment they didn’t always get recruitment right.
“Fabio Paratici can do no wrong at the club currently. Additions of Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski have given the belief that they are finally getting it right in this area.
“Extensive homework is being carried out on player ability and character. Spurs recently rejected the chance to sign one talented Premier League player because their research highlighted concerns he could be a disruptive influence.”
Neville: Conte has done a brilliant job
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has heaped praise on head coach Conte for delivering Champions League football for Tottenham next season.
Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcastthe former Manchester United defender said: “We were at the North London Derby 10 days ago and even if Arsenal had beaten Newcastle, I still think Antonio Conte would have stayed because of what he experienced that night. Where are you going to get this competitive element, these atmospheres in Europe at this moment in time? You’re not.
“He’s done a brilliant job at Tottenham, he’s been assisted by the capitulation of Manchester United and the fall of Arsenal but he’s done a good job and was always going to. I’m very clear that he’s not the right manager for Manchester United but you can tell someone’s not the right manager for your club but he’s still a great manager.
The others have got Tuchel, Conte, Klopp and Guardiola – they’re animals, they win trophies all the time. They stand on the touchline and can almost eat you alive with their presence and aura. The rest have a long way to go . “
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