That is according to former Spurs player Alan Hutton, who believes that De Vrij is “what they need” to suit Conte’s style of play at Tottenham.
Conte arrived at the north London club earlier this month after the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo.
The 52-year-old Italian manager previously managed Inter and led the Serie A club to the Scudetto last season, with Conte exiting the San Siro in May.
De Vrij, who is under contract with Inter until 2023, played under Conte and has made 139 appearances for the club.
The Netherlands international is believed to be valued at around £40m, with Conte reportedly expected to receive a £150m transfer kitty from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Conte has played with a back three in both Spurs’ 3-2 win over Vitesse and 0-0 draw with Everton ahead of the international break.
Hutton has now claimed that the Tottenham boss would benefit from the signing of “strong defender” De Vrij, who would be bringing a “wealth of experience.”
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “He is what they need. Conte, a back-three is his style.
“He knows how to get the best out of these players and what formation to play. A back-three, you have to be strong.
“I think he’d be a good addition. Decent age, good experience, it’s within the value I think is fair. I mean, some people may say it’s a little bit high for a 29-year-old but you’re getting a wealth of experience and a strong defender.
“You need that foundation to build on moving forward and Conte knows what he’s doing. I would imagine he’s been told he can get X amount in the transfer window and this is how he’s starting to use it, by looking to make De Vrij his first deal.
“Hopefully, he spends wisely because the back three, I think, is where they need to strengthen.”
Spurs will return to action on 21st November against Leeds at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
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