Agbonlahor: Tottenham primed for signing flurry as talks open over £20m deal
Tottenham will not give Antonio Conte the funds to improve his squad in January unless he commits to a new contract, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker insisted it would not make sense for Spurs to spend big in the winter window if they are not sure whether Conte will stay beyond the end of the season.
The 53-year-old is out of contract in the summer as he only signed an 18-month deal when he was appointed just over a year ago (2 November 2021).
Sources told Football Insider last month (8 October) that Spurs are in talks with the Italian over an extension that would be worth in excess of £20million-a-year – equivalent to around £400,000-a-week.
The new deal would make Conte the best-paid manager in the Premier League.
As quoted by football.london earlier this month (13 November), he insisted he needs to use the transfer market if Tottenham want to compete in the Premier League and Champions League.
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“The problem is, if Spurs are going to give him money in January they need to know that he’s here for the long term,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“They can’t give him money to buy some players only for him to leave in the summer. You might be left with all these players that the new manager doesn’t want.
“They might want him to commit to a new contract before they give him funds in January.”
Tottenham have spent over £150million on players in the last two transfer window since the arrival of Conte.
The likes of Rodrigo Bentancur, Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison have all been instant successes in north London.