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ANTONIO CONTE will be tasked with assembling a squad capable of returning Tottenham to Europe’s elite if he takes over as manager.

SunSport revealed the Italian is closing in on a deal with Spurs that would make him the joint-second highest-paid boss in the Premier League.

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Inter Milan star Milan Skriniar could follow Antonio Conte to Tottenham[/caption]

Such a show of faith from the north Londoners will surely mean Conte will be afforded the opportunity to bring in players of his own.

And here are five players the former Chelsea boss could look to sign for Spurs…

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Milan Skriniar

The obvious one would be the Slovakian defender – who was linked with a move to Tottenham long before his former Inter Milan boss.

Spurs were priced out of a move for Skriniar in January but could now take advantage of the Serie A giant’s need to raise money.

Conte was a huge fan of the 28-year-old during his time at the San Siro, deploying him at the heart of Inter’s defence for 48 games last season.

Skriniar, who may be interested in a new challenge after lifting the Scudetto, is already familiar playing in the Italian’s favoured 3-5-2 system.

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Marcel Sabitzer impressed once again for RB Leipzig last season[/caption]

Marcel Sabitzer

Tottenham do need extra support in the middle of the park and the RB Leipzig midfielder has long been identified as a key target.

Sabitzer, whose contract runs out at the end of next season, finished last campaign with nine goals and seven assists from 39 games.

The Austrian fuelled speculation surrounding a move after hailing Harry Kane as one of the best before his country’s 1-0 defeat to England.

But Sabitzer admitted that he will not be giving up an update on his future until after the Euros after he was asked about a move to the Prem.

He told the Press Association: “What is happening at my club is currently of zero importance.

“I am not going to give an update until after the Euros.”

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Joachim Andersen

A switch to a back three would mean more than one centre-back may arrive at Spurs this summer amid doubts over Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez.

The club were also keen on landing Lyon defender Joachim Andersen after he impressed on loan with Fulham last term.

Danish newspaper BT have claimed the Dane is ‘almost certain’ to remain in London and is already in talks with Tottenham.

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Conte could be tempted in reuniting with former Chelsea player Nemanja Matic[/caption]

Nemanja Matic

The Serbian was an influential part of the Chelsea side that won the title during Conte’s first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Matic made the switch to Manchester United in 2017 but has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford last season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prefers Scott McTominay and Fred as his two holding midfielders and the 32-year-old has been linked with a move away.

And Conte is said to have drawn up a shortlist of new signings, with Matic included as an option, according to Fichajes.

Olivier Giroud

The Frenchman is another of Conte’s former Chelsea charges that could follow him to Spurs after they spent six months together in 2018.

Giroud is set to leave the Blues as a free agent but still chipped in with six Champions League goals on route to the club’s European triumph.

The former Arsenal striker was linked with a January move to Spurs under Jose Mourinho but ultimately finished the campaign in west London.

But Giroud could prove more than capable of being understudy to Harry Kane if Spurs manage to resist offers for the England skipper this summer.

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Who is Turkey vs Wales referee Artur Soares Dias and what other Euro 2020 matches is he officiating?

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ARTUR SOARES DIAS has been selected as a referee for this summer’s Euro 2020.

The Portuguese had served as a VAR official at the 2018 World Cup, so comes into the tournament having been at a big one.

Artur Soares Dias refereed England’s match against Brazil in 2017
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Who is Artur Soares Dias?

Soares Dias has been refereeing since 2010.

The star refereed England’s friendly match against Brazil in November 2017, which ended 0-0.

He kept his cards close to his chest that night and only booked Jake Livermore for a late tackle on Neymar.

The 41-year-old has been used an additional assistant referee for several Champions League games.

He refereed a number of Europa League matches during the 2012/13 season.

In 2017, the Portuguese official and his family received death threats before he was due to officiate the Primeira Liga match between Paco de Ferreira and FC Porto.

Artur Soares Dias is refereeing at Euro 2020
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What other matches will he be refereeing at Euro 2020?

Dias has yet to receive his matches for the next round of fixtures.

The tournament concludes on July 11.

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What do the Olympic rings represent?

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THE delayed Tokyo Olympics are set to go ahead on July 23 – despite the city declaring a state of emergency over the Covid pandemic.

With the Olympic Games opening ceremony now less than 200 days away, we take a look at what those famous Olympic rings represent.

The Olympic rings in 2016
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What do the Olympic rings represent?

The five interlocking multicoloured rings were first presented in 1913 and designed by French aristocrat Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin.

The rings made their first appearance at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, Belgium, with the colours said to represent the national flags of competing nations.

According to Coubertin, “these five rings represent the five parts of the world now won over to the cause of olympism and ready to accept its fecund rivalries.

What is more, the six colors thus combined reproduce those of all nations without exception.

The Olympic rings are loaded with symbolism
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The Olympic rings were forged in front of the audience’s eyes at the opening ceremony for London 2012[/caption]

Coubertin was said to have been inspired to include the rings because of his time as president of the French sports-governing body, the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques (USFSA), and to represent the five continents.

According to the Olympic charter, the Olympic symbol “expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.”

How many countries and continents compete in the Olympics?

There are currently 206 National Olympic Committees, spread out over five continents across the globe and every nation is represented.

Each National Olympic Committee represents a competing nation at the Games, such as the British Virgin Islands, Bhutan, American Samoa, Comoros and Cape Verde.

How many athletes compete in the Olympic Games?

This number tends to differ each year, but at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, 11, 237 athletes took part.

This included 6,178 men and 5,059 women.

Nearly 3,000 athletes competed at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, consisting of 1,664 men and 1,169 women.

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Euro 2020 LIVE: Ronaldo snub causes £4bn Coca-Cola loss, Pogba does same with Heineken bottle, Wales vs Turkey build-up

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EURO 2020 is in full swing!

And it’s been another frantic day, with Portugal leaving it late to beat Hungary before France saw off Germany.

England are gearing up for their clash with Scotland on Friday.

And Wales are in action against Turkey TONIGHT in a must-win game for Robert Page’s side.

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Follow all of the latest news, build up and updates below…

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