By Danny Mills

20th May, 2022 | 12:39pm

Antonio Conte set to 'unlock more funds' after Tottenham development - pundit

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte should ask Daniel Levy for a bigger transfer budget after all but securing a return to the Champions League, according to Danny Mills.

The former England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Spurs’ future will look “promising” if the 52-year-old can bring in “three or four” players this summer.

Tottenham can confirm a top-four finish by beating Norwich on the final day (22 May) but a draw should be enough to finish above Arsenal – barring a 15-goal swing.

The Telegraph report (18 May) that Spurs could add as many as six new players this summer as the Londoners beef up their squad for European competition.

The newspaper claim Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn is a target, while Cristian Romero and Dejan Kulusevski are expected to make their loan moves permanent.

Mills insisted Conte “deserves” an increased war chest in order to make Tottenham a “permanent fixture” in the top four.

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“Qualifying for the Champions League will ultimately unlock more funds, I’m sure,” he told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“That’s what Conte needs, that’s what he wants.

“It means he can hold on to Harry Kane for longer. Son will stay – you keep that nucleus together.

“You add three or four players to that mix, it’s looking promising.

“If I were Conte, I’d be going to the board and asking for more money. I’d be saying: ‘Give me a bit more and I can really kick on.’

“I think Daniel Levy will have to consider that. Conte deserves it.

There’s no reason they can’t be a permanent fixture in the top four.”

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