Tottenham transfer news: Chelsea about to bid for Antonio Conte wing-back target
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Tottenham transfer news: Chelsea about to bid for Antonio Conte wing-back target

The Telegraph reports that Chelsea are lining up a bid to sign Lyon wing-back Malo Gusto – who is reportedly wanted by Antonio Conte at Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs’ woes on the right-hand side of the pitch have been evident this season with both Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty struggling to provide what is expected from a Conte wing-back. 

Djed Spence is yet to get his opportunity under the Italian and could even head out on loan before the window closes. Of course, Spurs have been heavily linked with a move for Sporting Lisbon’s Pedro Porro but the north Londoners are yet to meet the Portuguese outfit’s demands. 

Another option that has emerged as a possible target for Conte is Lyon’s Gusto, with Foot Mercato suggesting that he is firmly on Spurs’ radar as they search for a new wing-back. 

But it seems that Chelsea are planning to launch a bid for the ‘complete’ defender before next week’s deadline. 

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Chelsea to bid for Malo Gusto  

Graham Potter’s side are planning to test Lyon’s resolve before the window shuts with a bid for Gusto. 

The Ligue 1 outfit have a preference to keep the French right-back until at least the end of the current season. 

Yet, Chelsea want to bring him now as they are searching for suitable understudy for Reece James – who has struggled with injuries over the past year. 

Gusto has been tracked by Tottenham for a while, with 90 Min reporting that the north Londoners have been scouting the youngster

The France U21 international has emerged as a first-team regular for Lyon over the past 18-months, scoring once and providing six assists in 53 appearances. 

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TBR View: Chelsea’s bid for Gusto could be good news for Tottenham 

While Gusto may well have been an option Spurs were looking at, it seems they are prioritising a move for Porro. 

Chelsea have been linked with a move for the Spaniard but if they manage to wrap up a deal for Gusto, it could leave Tottenham with a free run at landing Porro. 

Of course, Conte’s men will still have to reach an agreement with Sporting but it could be made easier if Chelsea cool their interest. 

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