Tottenham in ‘advanced talks’ with Antonio Conte and want ex-Juventus chief too
Less than a week after cutting ties with Inter Milan, Antonio Conte is reportedly in talks to return to the Premier League as Tottenham’s new manager.
But the north Londoners are understood to be chasing another Juventus alumnus, with the club also said to have approached former Bianconeri director Fabio Paratici.
Conte worked alongside Paratici in Turin when he guided Juventus to three successive Serie A titles between 2011 and 2014.
The 51-year-old is a free agent after clinching his fourth Scudetto as a coach with Inter, and Fabrizio Romano reported Spurs are in discussions to take him back to England’s capital:
Not content with one Serie A import this summer, Romano added Spurs are waiting to hear back from Paratici regarding their offer.
Tottenham are without a manager since Jose Mourinho was sacked in April. ‘The Special One’ won only one of his last six games at the club and suffered a shock exit to Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League’s round of 16.
Former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason was named interim manager until the end of the 2020/21 campaign, but chairman Daniel Levy is eyeing a higher-calibre appointment this summer.
Like Mourinho—who is set to take over as Roma’s new coach—Conte lifted the Premier League crown and FA Cup during his time as Chelsea chief.
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However, the Italian’s stay at Stamford Bridge ended on a low after the Blues finished the 2017/18 league campaign in fifth and failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Romano previously said Conte ended his two-year stint with the Nerazzurri due to a disagreement over the club’s summer transfer plans and budget.
Tottenham supremo Levy has developed a reputation for being a stern negotiator, but having a deputy like Paratici could help the club clear hurdles in the transfer market.
Trevor Birch served as Tottenham’s director of football operations from September 2020 until January 2021, when he left to take over as the English Football League’s new chief executive.
Paratici arrived at Juventus in 2010 and served as an executive until May, stepping down shortly after plans for a European Super League failed.
The Bianconeri—alongside Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona—were one of the main proponents behind the ESL and could still be banned from UEFA competition for their stance.
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Former Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino is also reported to be in talks to return to the club, though Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be reluctant to let the Argentinian leave.
Spurs are currently fighting to keep hold of star striker Harry Kane, with Premier League champions Manchester City among the teams supposedly ready to make an offer.
Recruiting a decorated coach like Conte may help convince England’s captain to remain at the club, while a reunion with Paratici poses the prospect that the pair can replicate the success they had in Turin.
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