According to The Sun, Antonio Conte will be given a £150m transfer budget after completing his move to Tottenham.
The Lowdown: Conte to move to Spurs
The Tottenham managerial position opened up when Nuno Espirito Santo was relieved of his duties on Monday after Spurs’ 3-0 loss to Manchester United at the weekend.
That vacancy has now been filled by Conte, with the BBC confirming just after midday that Spurs had appointed the Italian as their new manager.
A few hours before the appointment was confirmed, Fabrizio Romano had claimed that the 52-year-old would be at Hotspur Way on Tuesday morning to meet with the players and Fabio Paratici.
The Latest: Conte to be given big budget
As per The Sun‘s report, Conte is set to be given a big transfer budget to put his own stamp on the squad.
The report details how the former Chelsea boss ‘snubbed’ the Lilywhites due to a lack of ambition in the summer, but claimed that a ‘stunning U-turn’ from Daniel Levy and Joe Lewis has led to a ‘huge’ £290k-per-week contract and ‘heavy backing in the transfer market’.
The Verdict: Needed
It is clear that all is not right at Tottenham. They struggled under Jose Mourinho last season and things got even worse under Nuno, who lasted just four months in the role.
While it’s important to have the right man in charge, the squad needs a revamp. Star man and captain Harry Kane is not far away from his 30s and looks largely disinterested; and while perhaps the arrival of Conte will renew his desire to give 100 per cent to Tottenham, this is a squad still with several of the players who have now been partly responsible for the departures of three different managers.
Is £150m enough?
Conte will know that, and he is notoriously stubborn. If he wants to boost the squad in the winter, he is unlikely to take no for an answer. A £150m budget should give him the opportunity to bring in some real quality as he hopes to take the Lilywhites up the table.
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