Former Barcelona and Spain boss Luis Enrique is reportedly open to the idea of replacing Antonio Conte at Tottenham at the end of the season. The Italian’s contract in north London expires in the summer and there is an increasing likelihood that he will not agree an extension to remain at Spurs, prompting the club to look at potential successors such as Enrique, Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel. If Enrique is given the nod, as he is said to be interested in a Premier League job, he could bring four exciting players with him that the 52-year-old already has a relationship with and Express Sport has looked at some possible new additions at Spurs.
Enrique clearly has faith in Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, having called him up to the Spain World Cup squad last year ahead of Manchester United’s David De Gea, while handing the stopper his debut for his country a year ago.
Spurs are likely going to be on the hunt for a Hugo Lloris successor in the summer as they may look to move on from their 36-year-old captain, while Raya could be set to leave Brentford.
The Spaniard’s current contract in west London expires in 2024 and he has reportedly rejected multiple offers to extend his deal as he prepares for a move to a top club, as he could potentially link up with Enrique at Spurs.
Enrique was Spain boss when Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte opted to reject France and was granted Spanish nationality, as the centre-back’s future under Pep Guardiola remains uncertain despite the 28-year-old’s quality.
The Athletic have previously suggested that Laporte is one of the players at City that are questioning their futures as he has been less than enthused over his playing time, with Guardiola having Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias, John Stones and Manuel Akanji all to choose from in defence.
Spurs may need a left-sided defender with Clement Lenglet currently unlikely to make his loan permanent and Laporte would represent a major coup under Enrique.
Fabian Ruis was another player who made their national team debut under Enrique, as the Paris Saint-Germain man would provide some crucial midfield creativity under his former boss at Spurs.
Enrique has primarily used a 4-3-3 system in recent years, meaning midfield acquisitions in the summer would be a necessity and PSG may be willing to part ways with the 26-year-old as they look to slash their wage bill and have a glut of central midfielders at the club.
Spurs have often been mentioned with Adama Traore as a potential transfer and Enrique not only handed the tricky winger his national team debut with Spain, but also coached him as a youngster at Barcelona.
With Spurs unlikely to sign Arnaut Danjuma permanently as he has rarely featured following his January loan move, another forward may be targeted and Traore’s contract at Wolves does expire at the end of the season.
A free transfer for Traore would finally see Spurs realise their long-standing interest and pair him with a familiar face in Enrique.