Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sport Mediaset, via Inside Futbol, former Serie A star Francesco Graziani has dropped a Tottenham claim involving Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte.
The Lowdown: Conte linked with Spurs move
There have been reports of Tottenham holding an interest in the Nerazzurri manager since Jose Mourinho was dismissed last month, with Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness) even going as far as to say talks have already been held over his possible appointment.
Indeed, another report from Italy, this time courtesy of Calciomercato24.it, claimed that Tottenham are willing to offer a ‘monstrous’ contract of €17 million-per-season (£14.5 million) over three years.
However, despite these updates coming from the continent, sources closer to home dismiss Conte’s links with Spurs (Alasdair Gold).
The Latest: Graziani drops Conte claim
Speaking to Sport Mediaset (via Inside Futbol), 1982 World Cup winner Graziani has still touted Spurs as a credible option for Conte despite the 51-year-old having just lead Inter to their first Serie A title in 11 years.
“Anything can happen [with Conte’s future],” he explained.
“If the club [Inter] do not find financial stability and the possibility to plan for a certain future, it is clear if Conte could go to Tottenham, with important goals, he could think about going.
“He wants to understand if from now there are the conditions to continue to be competitive.
“He is hungry and it seems right that he checks.”
The Verdict: Take it with a pinch of salt…
While Conte enquiring over the Tottenham vacancy is a possibility from his side, it is debatable whether Spurs will reciprocate that interest despite claims in the Italian media.
His reported sky high salary could make him a tough acquisition amid the financial plight caused by coronavirus and reliable correspondent Gold is under the belief he is not on the Spurs radar as of this moment (football.london).
That being said, we believe he would be a truly brilliant appointment in north London, however unlikely.
Former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara is among his many admirers, with the pundit calling him ‘brilliant’ in an interview with talkSPORT (via the Boot Room) recently.
As well as this, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has heralded Conte as a tactical ‘master’ (via Reuters).
His credentials are there, evidently, but it could be notoriously difficult to pull off a move and arguably out of Tottenham’s reach.
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