Antonio Conte has already given the green-light to some of Tottenham Hotspur's transfer plans for 2022, 90min understands.
Managing director of football Fabio Paratici has been looking at Spurs' options for next summer, and one deal he wants to secure and is already progressing on is for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie - who is out of contract at the end of the season.
90min confirmed earlier this year that Tottenham were very much in contention to secure his signature and Conte is a keen admirer of the midfielder.
Kessie's stock has been on the rise in recent weeks with a host of Premier League clubs ready to make contract offers to the 24-year-old in January.
Sources close to Spurs have confirmed that a deal for Kessie is in the works though they realise it will be a big battle to get a deal over the line - but they believe the arrival of Conte could play a big part in him putting pen-to-paper.
90min has been told that Conte is also a fan of Kessie's Milan teammate Alessio Romagnoli.
Rossoneri captain Romagnoli, like Kessie, has little over six months left on his contract at San Siro and Spurs are looking to sign him too. The club want to bring in at least one central defender, but two could arrive in 2022.
Conte has no issue with the club pursuing the Milan duo despite rival interest, including from his old side Chelsea.
If Tottenham manage to agree personal terms for either player in January, they would look into bringing their arrival forward depending on Milan's demands. Spurs have previous for this, agreeing a pre-contract with Lewis Holtby in 2013 before paying a lump sum to Schalke in order to buy out the remainder of his deal in Germany.
90min understands Milan have not yet given up hope of tying either player on long-term deals, but both players have so far rebuffed all efforts for them to sign extensions.