By Kieran Warren
Tottenham Hotspur have according to Italian media outlets offered manager Antonio Conte the job as the Italian manager is said to be in a dispute with his current club Inter Milan’s owners due to proposed downsizing.
Chairman Steven Zhang has reportedly asked Conte to cut his wage bill by 15-20 per cent and potentially sell players worth up to £70m this summer. Despite winning Serie A and breaking Juventus’ stranglehold on the division the 51 year old is supposedly disillusioned by the financial constraints set to be put upon the champions.
This therefore could see a return to the Premier League where he enjoyed a favourable spell at Chelsea in which he led the blues to the title. Spurs boss Daniel Levy is prepared to pay big to see the Italian replicate this in North London. Offering Conte as much as a whopping £17 million a year to make the switch to Tottenham.
With significant financial investment on the table as well as no looming pressure to sell players Conte would have the freedom to shape his team however he wants unlike the cash strapped Inter which could persuade the Italian to trade the Champions League for the Europa Conference League.
This high-profile move could also be an attempt to persuade star striker and golden boot winner Harry Kane to stay as the Englishman’s appetite for a move away from North London has been well documented.
Nothing is set in stone as Conte is still on the radar of Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane’s future in Madrid uncertain and could still potentially be persuaded to stay at Inter.
Other men shortlisted for the Tottenham job are reportedly Mauricio Pochettino who could make a dramatic return after the Argentinians short spell in Paris and Belgium coach Roberto Martinez also being shortlisted.