Tottenham have completed the signing of 25-year old Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma from Brighton on a four-year deal worth £25m plus add-ons.
He becomes Spurs’ third summer signing, following the arrival of goalkeeper Fraser Forster and winger Ivan Perisic on free transfers.
It is shaping up to be a productive summer for Spurs, with Conte getting his wish as considerable funding is made available.
On the back of a top-four finish, moves are being made to ensure that a demanding Italian coach has the required talent and depth available to him in a star-studded squad.
Bissouma is the latest to be snapped up, with that deal following hot on the heels of experienced Croatia international winger Ivan Perisic arriving as a free agent at the end of his contract at Inter, and Fraser Forster joining as back-up goalkeeper from Southampton.
Another deal in wide areas will see Spurs move to make Dejan Kulusevski’s loan switch from Juventus into a permanent transfer, with the Sweden international impressing after arriving from Italy in January.
Tottenham are also in the market for defensive reinforcements, with Inter star Alessandro Bastoni said to be in their sights.
Meanwhile, at right-back, Spurs are reported to be leading the race for England Under-21 international Djed Spence – with the Middlesbrough-owned 21-year-old in high demand on the back of a productive loan spell at Nottingham Forest.
Bissouma is taking on a new challenge after four productive years on the south coast that delivered 123 appearances for Brighton across all competitions – with 112 of those coming in the English top-flight.
As a commanding presence in the middle of the park, the Ivory Coast-born star is best known for his combative qualities, but he is comfortable in possession and ticks plenty of boxes for Conte.
Bissouma made 124 appearances for the Seagulls after joining the club from Lille in July 2018.