According to a report by Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Tottenham Hotspur have actually held talks with Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte over the Lilywhites vacancy – with the outlet describing them as ‘fruitful’ and ‘interesting’.
The Lowdown: Conte enters the fray
Links with former Chelsea manager and Premier League title winner Conte are fairly new and have emerged over the last two days as Tottenham’s list of managerial candidates grows larger and larger by the day.
The 51-year-old has been added to the bible of names alongside fellow Serie A boss Gian Piero Gasperini recently (Corriere della Serra) as Levy scours the market for prestigious and affordable heirs to Jose Mourinho.
Previously, the likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Erik Ten Hag were seen as top targets for Spurs (The Telegraph), but with the former agreeing to join Bayern Munich and the latter signing a new deal at Ajax, Spurs seem to have turned to other options.
The Latest: Levy holds talks for Conte
In an arguably unexpected development, Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness) claim that Tottenham have held ‘positive’ and ‘interesting’ talks with the Nerazzurri coach.
However, there is ‘nothing decided’ yet and there has been no ‘real proposal’ – with both parties agreeing to restart discussions at a later date.
Conte, while seeing Spurs as a ‘stimulating’ challenge, believes his priority is with current club Inter – at least until the end of the season when he will schedule talks with the Serie A side’s owner over his future.
The Verdict: Conte emerges as mixed bag for Spurs
It has been widely reported by the media that Spurs have two main requirements above all for the managerial position, firstly that their next boss must possess an attack-minded philosophy (The Guardian).
Secondly, as pushed by technical performance director Steve Hitchen, they must be ‘young’ and ‘dynamic’ (Daily Mail) – and it’s debatable whether Conte falls into these categories as a manager.
However, he has just clinched a Serie A title with Inter whilst ending Juventus’ decade-long dominance over the division.
Conte also possesses Premier League experience, having won the title with Chelsea in 2016/2017 and the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge a year later.
There has been no shortage of praise by certain players, either, with Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni dubbing Conte ‘the Messi of coaches’ in 2019 (La Gazetta via Goal).
Emanuele Giaccherini also called the Italian a ‘perfectionist’ of his craft (La Gazzetta via Football Italia), but Levy may also have to worry about the potential cost of his appointment given his reported €20 million-per-year (£17.3m) salary.
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