Tottenham have reportedly stepped up their interest in bringing Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti to the club and could be ready to strike a double deal with the Serie A title winners.
There have been numerous conflicting reports over who the club’s next permanent boss will be, but now news from Italy claims that Spalletti is very much back in the mix for the role.
Sky Sports reporter Florian Plettenberg recently claimed that Levy is “pushing” to appoint Julian Naglesmann, while speculation over the weekend suggested that the Spurs chairman’s top choice is Bayer Leverkusen chief, and Liverpool midfield legend, Xabi Alonso.
The likes of Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim and Feyenoord’s Arne Slot are also known to be in the mix as the clock counts down to the end of the season and Levy actually making a decision.
But now Italian reports suggest Tottenham are ready to jump on Spalletti’s uncertain future in Naples, where he has just led Napoli to their first Serie A title in 33 years.
The 64-year-old only recently extended his contract with the club until 2024, but there is still talk he could walk away in favour of a fresh challenge.
However, the north London club are not the only suitors for Spalletti, with Chelsea and PSG also considering turning to the Italian.
Tottenham eyeing double Napoli snare
Levy is not only looking at Spalletti though, with the reports revealing that Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli could also make the move.
The 51-year-old is being tipped to replace Fabio Paratici, having already held discussions with Tottenham.
But it’s Spalletti where the main focus lies, with the veteran boss lauded for Napoli’s incredible title triumph this term.
Hailed as an “elite coach” by members of the Italian media, Spalletti has won nine trophies throughout his managerial career. However, the success with Napoli was his first silverware in 11 years.
Spalletti would bring a 4-3-3 attacking style of play with him though, something that Spurs fans are craving after the dour football produced under Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and Conte.
The only alarm bells appear to stem from the fact that he has never managed in England before, despite his advancing years.
Add in the fact that Levy HAS to get this next appointment right and the Tottenham supremo may decide to go a safer route instead.
Spurs, who remain in the mix for a European spot despite their poor campaign, are back in action on Saturday when they head to Aston Villa in the Premier League.