Italy identify top target as they prepare to axe Ventura

Date published: Wednesday 15th November 2017 10:45

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is reportedly the man the Italian Football Federation want to lead Italy’s assault on Euro 2020.

After leading the Azzurri to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 officials want Conte back at the helm and they are working on a deal to get Conte out of his Chelsea contract next summer, according to The Mirror.

The failure to reach the World Cup in Russia next summer means Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura is set to be axed with the IFF meeting later on Wednesday to discuss his future.

Ventura denied that he had offered to resign in the aftermath of their 1-0 defeat to Sweden, but the two-legged defeat was not good enough for the IFF and it means they will be absent from their first World Cup finals in 60 years next summer.

Conte’s fellow countrymen Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini are also in the running with Ancelotti currently available after leaving Bayern Munich.H

However, the Chelsea manager is the preferred choice of the IFF, although they will have to pay him considerably more than the £1.3milllion-a-year deal that Ventura receives.

Conte is under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2019 and although he signed an enhanced new deal in the summer, that is believed to be worth £19.2million until 2019, he did not extend his existing deal.

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