Conte names Man Utd signing Tottenham have no intention of replicating amid claim about ‘mistake’ transfers

Man Utd stars Antony and Casemiro Credit: Alamy
Man Utd stars Antony and Casemiro Credit: Alamy

One of Erik ten Hag’s first signings as Man Utd manager was namechecked by Antonio Conte when assessing what pitfalls to avoid in the current transfer window.

By all accounts, Manchester United overspent on their initial projections last summer. Their two biggest deals centred around Casemiro and Antony, with the Brazilian pair arriving for £70m and £85m respectively (both including future add-ons).

Casemiro in particular has settled in quickly and already looks a cut above most Premier League midfielders.

However, in the aftermath of Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa, Spurs boss Conte namechecked the 30-year-old when assessing his own club’s transfer plans.

The Daily Star reported Conte wants assurances he’ll be backed in the market before penning a new deal.

However, unlike Man Utd, Conte’s suggested Spurs’ vision is for stars who’ll benefit the club in the future as much as the present. Aged 30, Casemiro will likely only give United a handful of great years at best.

Man Utd have made many a transfer mistake in the past when signing ageing players on big salaries. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Alexis Sanchez immediately spring to mind.

The early signs suggest Casemiro won’t fall into that category, but Conte reckons Tottenham aren’t in a position to take those same chances anyway.

Tottenham can’t take Casemiro-style gambles – Conte

“I understand the frustration of the fans because the fans want to lift trophies,” said Conte (via the Manchester Evening News).

“I understand everything and everyone. But at the same time, in my opinion and from what I have understood here, you have to be patient and you have to have time and try to improve.

“There are no mistakes to make in the transfer market and also be patient with the players you are going to sign, wait for them to develop.

“You can sign players with experience at age 30 and with great victories behind them, Casemiro for example. But this is not the vision of the club and that is why you have to continue working, be patient.

“I understand everyone, but at the same time this frustration cannot become a problem, but a push for me and the players, so that the club continues to improve, develop and reduce the distance with other clubs.”

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