Tottenham Hotspur given a huge advantage in their pursuit of Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij
The Dutch professional footballer has been on the radar of the North London club for a while. Antonio Conte worked with the 29-year-old centre-back during his stint with the Nerazzurri as the Italian coach helped them win the Serie A title after 11 years.
It is believed that the Serie A giants have received offers for Milan Skriniar as well as de Vrij. The Milan outfit are willing to offer Skriniar a new contract and would be willing to let go of the Dutch defender in an attempt to lower their wage bill. Newcastle United have also been linked with the 29-year-old centre-back.
The 52-year-old manager was appointed by the Lilywhites earlier in the month. Tottenham have a pretty young backline with Eric Dier being their most experienced central defender at 27.
The addition of an experienced centre-back like Stefan de Vrij would help bring some experience and stability to the back at N-17. The veteran defender has made 139 appearances across all competitions for the Serie A club during which time he has scored eight goals and provided six assists for them.
Conte may feel the urge to make a swoop for the Dutch defender due to the injury scare to Argentine defender Cristian Romero. The 23-year-old was starting to provide a stable presence at the back and his absence could be a big loss to the Lilywhites.
The Italian head coach would still have some time till December to analyze all his options at N-17. This could help him make a more informed decision but it seems as though the former Chelsea manager may be tempted to make a move for de Vrij.
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Fabio Paratici had also become quite adept at luring talented players from the Serie A in the last couple of seasons. His contacts and experience in the Italian league could play an important role in trying to bring the 29-year-old Inter Milan defender to Spurs.