Tottenham: Antonio Conte takes no prisoners with four stars as Spurs sign ‘incredible player’ | Soccer | sport
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte took no prisoners on transfer deadline day, jettisoning four players who fell short during his three months in charge.
Dele Alli was the only player to permanently end his career at Spurs, but three others injured were sent out on loan during a dressing room purge.
Record signing Tanguy Ndombele was the first to exit, returning to his former club Lyon until the end of the season, with the option of making a £54.3m permanent transfer this summer.
Bryan Gil then left for Valencia, with Giovani Lo Celso also heading to La Liga on loan at Villarreal.
About 50 fans spent the day protesting Chairman Daniel Levy, waving banners outside the entrance to the training ground calling on the council to stand down.
They believe the lack of investment has been devastating to the club’s fortunes since reaching the pinnacle of the Champions League final in 2019.
In this context, Levy was able to bring in some disadvantaged players from Conte’s former club, Juventus.
Uruguay international Rodrigo Bentancur, 24, has arrived for £15.8m in a deal that could reach upwards of £20m with potential additions.
Dejan Kulusevski, 21, also arrived from Italian giants Juve initially on an 18-month loan costing £8.35m to Spurs.
The Premier League club will have to pay an additional £30m if they want to make the deal permanent after this summer.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, Italian transfer insider Gianluca Di Marzio said of Bentancur and Kulusevski: “Kulusevski is a very talented player. It’s hard to understand what his real position is.
“I think Antonio Conte is the best coach to decide how to put Kulusevski in the right system. He is a very talented and incredible player.
“Fabio Paratici was the sporting director who bought Kulusevski at Juventus from Atalanta and Conte also wanted him when he was at Inter Milan.
“At this Christmas time, Inter and Juventus were a challenge for Kulusevski. I think Antonio and Fabio are the right couple to let Kulusevski get back to his level of quality.
“Bentancur is a midfielder and I think he can be important for Tottenham. In the last few months at Juventus he hasn’t played so well because he needed a change.
“I think he can be an important player for Tottenham and for Antonio to let him play the right way because probably in the last period at Juventus he sat down and he needs a boost.
“Conte is the right man to refresh Bentancur.”