Antonio Conte will reportedly ask Tottenham to fund the signings of three big-name Inter Milan stars if he is to take over as manager of the North London club.
The much-respected Italian manager is on the look-out for a new club after leaving Inter on Wednesday. The former Juventus, Chelsea and Italy boss ended Inter’s 10-year trophy drought by clinching the Scudetto ahead of AC Milan. However, his exit comes amid a reported disagreement with the club’s ownership over finances. It’s claimed the club needs to reduce costs and sell some big-name players this summer.
The former Chelsea manager may not be out of work for long, however. Indeed, multiple reports claim he has already held positive talks with Spurs. And one of these sources, La Stampa, claims Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has already offered Conte a huge package. Spurs’ offer is reportedly between €15m and €20m per year.
However, it’s not just a hefty salary for himsef he’d want were he to come to Tottenham.
According to an article in the Daily Express, Conte could well ask Levy to fund transfer raids for three Inter stars. And they speculate that the name at the top of that list is star striker Romelu Lukaku.
The 27-year-old Belgian has emerged as one the world’s top strikers since his move to Inter. The former Manchester United scored 27 times this season. That form has seen him linked with a shock return to Chelsea.
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However, it’s reported Tottenham could also look to Lukaku as a replacement for the wantaway Harry Kane.
Few strikers in world football could match Kane’s goals output for Spurs, with Lukaku one of those few.
It’s claimed a €100m fee has been placed on his head – money Spurs could afford were Kane, as expected, to depart.
Martinez, Bastoni linked with Conte reunion
The feature also claims Conte could ask Tottenham to finance a move for playmaker Lautaro Martinez. The Argentine became a leading figure in Conte’s side and also comes with a hefty price tag.
However, given Tottenham have options aplenty in Martinez’s position, that move would seem a stretch too far.
It’s far more likely though that Conte could ask Tottenham to bring one of his Inter defensive stars with him.
Therefore, links to centre-half Alessandro Bastoni would indeed make sense. The 22-year-old has emerged as one of Serie A’s top defenders this season, playing 40 times in all competitions.
A left-footer, he’s already been linked with Manchester City. And with Tottenham’s defensive frailties obvious, it’s easy to see why Conte would be keen on a reunion at Spurs.
Key to any of these deals, however, would be the sale of Kane first. The striker appears desperate to move on and Levy will be looking for a minimum £120m for Tottenham’s talisman.