Tottenham star could make shock Man Utd move as Daniel Levy ignores Antonio Conte warning signs

Here are the latest Tottenham headlines for Monday, June 7.

Man United linked with Winks

Manchester United have been linked with a surprise move for out of favour Tottenham star Harry Winks.

According to Stretty News, Spurs are open to selling the midfielder this summer amid limited opportunity this term.

Recent reports have suggested a move to Spain could be on the cards for Winks, who has family connections to the country.

But fresh reports claim Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be keen on a move for Winks as he looks to strengthen competition in the middle of the park ahead of next season.

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State of play at Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur’s fans might have been forgiven for thinking the drama this season would have ended when their disappointing Premier League campaign finally came to a close last month.

However, Spurs, who have lurched from one PR disaster to another in the past 18 months, still had more twists and turns in store for their beleaguered supporters.

In just a fortnight since the season concluded, the club have held talks with two very different leaders about taking the hotseat in north London.

Tottenham’s quest for their next head coach had been clear since the moment Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties on April 19.

Antonio Conte formerly of Inter Milan
Conte turned down Spurs

Technical performance director Steve Hitchen is understood to have been tasked with drawing up a long list of potential candidates with the brief that they must favour attack-minded, possession-based football, look to develop young players and work with the cutting edge sports science techniques implemented during Mauricio Pochettino’s reign.

Chairman Daniel Levy‘s message to the fans on the final day of the campaign reinforced that profile.

“We shall focus on the recruitment of a new head coach,” he wrote. “We are acutely aware of the need to select someone whose values reflect those of our great club and return to playing football with the style for which we are known – free-flowing, attacking and entertaining – whilst continuing to embrace our desire to see young players flourish from our academy alongside experienced talent.”

Spurs’ original list contained, among the names on it, the likes of Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers, Hansi Flick, Erik ten Hag, Graham Potter and Roberto Martinez before it was reduced to a shortlist as various candidates’ futures soon became clear and others were removed.

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Inter president explains Conte desires

Inter Milan president Steven Zhang has given his verdict on Antonio Conte after talks for him to take over at Tottenham came to a screeching halt.

Conte had looked set to take over from Jose Mourinho at Tottenham after ‘promising’ early talks between the two parties, but reports then emerged on Friday that the Italian was not convinced of the project and discussions were ended.

Tottenham were always clear they would have to sell players in order to spend money, and Inter Milan’s president has spoken about the different views that prompted Conte’s exit from the Serie A club, which perhaps hint at why it has not worked out with Spurs.

“From the first moment we took over Inter we thought that [Antonio] Conte would be the best coach for our project,” Inter chief Zhang told Gazzetta Dello Sport. “Two years ago we finally managed to bring him to the Nerazzurri.

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“I was and remain convinced that Conte is a winning coach: this is the reason that led us to invest so much in him and in the team in the last two years.

“Last summer the pandemic had greatly affected our revenues but we continued with him, focusing on the season convinced that we could win.

“The decision was right, but now the bill brought by the pandemic is such that we cannot fail to review the situation by looking for savings that lead to a future budget balance.

“We must reduce costs and control risks. This obviously also influences the transfer market strategy. Our different views on the situation led to the separation.

“What wasn’t fundamental for him, was for the club, and vice-versa. Conte is a top coach, but as president, I have to think about the solidity of the club.”

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