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A look back at some of the top transfer stories from the past 24 hours.

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Jun-19 20:57 first published at 20:57 PM


According to Sunday’s transfer speculation, Tottenham Hotspur have identified Piero Hincapie as another target for Antonio Conte’s defensive rebuild, while Liverpool are looking into new terms for four players but are having difficulties with one in particular.

HINCAPIE ON TOTTENHAM’S WISH LIST IS HIGHLIGHTED BY CONTE

Antonio Conte is currently interested in signing Piero Hincapie as a left-sided centre-back for Tottenham Hotspur.

This is according to The Sun, who have also calculated how much Spurs might have to pay to sign the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder.

This summer, Tottenham has already signed Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, and Yves Bissouma. They want further players to appease Conte following his return to the Champions League.

The left side of his back three is a major area he needs to improve. Ben Davies, his natural full-back, has mostly played there for him so far, but he may desire a more specialized option.

Conte is considering Hincapie after failing to negotiate a reunion with Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni, according to The Sun.

In 2021-22, the Ecuador international had his first season in Europe with Bayer Leverkusen. So far, he has 33 appearances for the German club, which finished third in the Bundesliga.

Despite the fact that he is under contract until 2026, Leverkusen may be anticipating interest in the 20-year-old.

According to the report, Hincapie’s price tag is £34 million. Leverkusen is expecting offers for his services this summer, which is telling.

The Premier League appears to have a special allure for the South American. Only time will tell, though, if Tottenham are able to complete a deal.

FOUR LIVERPOOL CONTRACTS EXPLORED BY WARD

While Tottenham are looking likely to be busy throughout the summer transfer window, one club who seem to have got the bulk of their business done is Liverpool.

They have already brought in Fabio Carvalho and Darwin Nunez, and are on the verge of adding Calvin Ramsay. After that, they should delay their pursuit of a new midfielder until 2023.

With that in mind, they can turn their focus to tying down the existing players they want to keep. And according to the Sunday Mirror, there are four squad members in line for new deals.

Liverpool supposedly want to negotiate terms with Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota, Naby Keita and Harvey Elliott.

Of the quartet, the toughest to persuade to stay will be Gomez. The defender’s gametime has decreased significantly since his return from injury, unlike Virgil van Dijk or Joel Matip.

Gomez, whose current deal is due to expire in 2024, wants assurances over his importance to Jurgen Klopp before making any new commitment.

Sporting director Julian Ward is said to be aware of Gomez’s frustration, yet wants to remind him that van Dijk and Matip are both 30, so he could still have a big long-term future at Anfield.

Meanwhile, the contracts of Keita, Jota and Elliott are due to run until 2023, 2025 and 2026 respectively.

BRIGHTON BATTLE FOR NEW DEFENDER

Further down the Premier League table, Brighton have seen a couple of their key players targeted by big clubs this summer. Bissouma has gone to Spurs, while Marc Cucurella is wanted by Manchester City.

They will be keen to keep making their own additions to the squad, though. In that regard, the Daily Star are naming them as contenders for Olympiacos centre-back Pape Abou Cisse.

After playing in Greece since 2017 (except for a brief loan spell in France with Saint-Etienne in 2021), Cisse could be ready to head to England.

The Star suggest Brighton are interested in a deal for the Senegal international, who would cost £15m.

Cisse could have other options to consider, though. Watford are keen ahead of their drop down to the Championship; elsewhere, Nice or Rennes could take him back to French football.

The 26-year-old is tied down to Olympiacos for another two seasons. Having attracted plenty of interest from elsewhere, though, he could be on the move this summer.

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