Antonio Conte made Tottenham’s transfer stance clear when speaking to the media both before and after the Wolves game, with the futures of Japhet Tanganga and Bryan Gil still undecided
Bryan Gil and Japhet Tanganga have been linked with moves away from Tottenham this month (Image: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
The final week of the transfer window promises to be a very busy one with a host of clubs still looking to bolster their squad ahead of deadline day. Tottenham have been incredibly active over the course of the summer and they may not be finished in the transfer market just yet.
Fabio Paratici has so far signed seven new players since the window opened for business and fans will be hoping that at least one more comes in through the door. Things have started to pick up in terms of outgoings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium recently, with the likes of Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso heading out of the door.
Not part of Antonio Conte’s plans for the new campaign along with Sergio Reguilon and Harry Winks, Spurs now need to try and move the duo on before the 11pm transfer deadline on Thursday. That may not be it regarding outgoings as Japhet Tanganga and Bryan Gil are expected to leave to get regular first-team football elsewhere.
football.london reported on Tuesday that Tanganga’s preference is to secure a move to AC Milan if he is to depart Tottenham. Advanced talks have been held between both clubs over a move for the 23-year-old, who is also attracting interest from Nottingham Forest, but the stumbling block is understood to have been that the Rossoneri are willing to include an option to sign the centre-back but Tottenham want an obligation for the Serie A side to purchase him for €25million (£21million).
Gil, on the other hand, looks destined to return to Valencia on a season-long loan deal after starring for Los Che in the second part of last campaign. The Spaniard has been on the bench in all three of Tottenham’s Premier League games this term but he has yet to be given any pitch time by Conte.
Speaking to the media last Thursday ahead of the Wolves game, the 53-year-old outlined the club’s transfer stance when it comes to potential incomings. He once again reiterated that point following the 1-0 win in N17.
“I was very clear in the press conference before this game. This squad is this and if someone goes away then another has to come. This has to be very clear for everybody. Otherwise we stay with this squad and we continue our path with these players, this squad,” Conte told football.london in his post-match press conference on Saturday afternoon.
“But if someone has to go away, along another must come. This is very clear for me, for the club, but we are totally agreed on this aspect.”
When pressed if he thinks Gil will leave, he added: “This is not my task. About the transfer market you have to speak to the club. I think we have to respect their role.”
While exits for both Tanganga and Gil appear likely to happen given their need to feature week in, week out, it may all be dependent on what Paratici and Spurs have lined up in terms of players coming in through the door. As Conte stated in his press conference last week, if a player departs then another has to come in.
Tottenham quite simply cannot allow both to exit without either already having players signed on the dotted line or replacements lined up and on the verge of a move. There have been numerous examples in the past of clubs running out of time to bring in a replacement and in the end leaving themselves short.
Injuries to Clement Lenglet and Cristian Romero in the opening three games of the new campaign has highlighted why it is vital that Tottenham have plenty of cover right across the pitch, especially with four competitions on the calendar this season. Spurs have worked very hard to address their squad depth having found themselves incredibly light in the remaining weeks of 2021/22 due to a number of injury issues and they must ensure it remains that way.
As important as it is for both Gil and Tanganga to get some regular minutes under their belt this season to aid their development if Conte cannot give them what they want, what is best for Tottenham will always come first rather than what is best for the player. It is now down to Paratici to make sure that he has two players ready to come in or else it could impact the Spurs duo massively ahead of deadline day.