Tottenham could sign 'perfect' Cristian Romero ally after source reveal - pundit
Alan Hutton has claimed Tottenham could sign the “perfect” partner for Cristian Romero in the shape of Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs full-back tipped Antonio Conte to sign two new centre-backs this summer.
As revealed by Football Insider on Tuesday (3 May), De Vrij, 30, has been told he can leave Inter for £15million this summer, with his contract expiring next summer.
A recruitment source told this site the defender yet to open talks on a new contract deal and his future is up in the air going into the main window
Conte was keen to strike a deal in January and Spurs have remained in pursuit ahead of the summer window.
Hutton insisted De Vrij would slot seamlessly into the backline in north London.
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However, he suggested Conte may look to sign a second centre-back to add “real competition”.
Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “If you think about it, they know each other well. He knows that system.
“I think him coming into that defence improves it. Conte’s obviously visited that before and he’d be happy to bring him in. For them to drop the asking price, the old alarm bells will be ringing in Conte’s head.
“I think that’d be a good deal. He’s a centre-half, plays in a back three, knows everything about how Conte wants to play. Why wouldn’t you?
“It’s perfect. I think he’ll also want to add to that as well. Romero has really come to the front now, we’re seeing the best of him.
“To add De Vrij to that, he’ll probably look to bring in one other as well for real competition.”
De Vrij played 88 times under Conte during their time together at Inter Milan.
Spurs also have the likes of Eric Dier, Ben Davies and Davinson Sanchez as centre-back options.