Sources: Big Everton manager twist amid Conte talks development
Everton have made contact with Antonio Conte as they are yet to reach a full agreement with Nuno Espirtio Santo, Football Insider has learned.
It emerged on Friday night that the Merseyside had made another big push for the Portugese after his negotiations with Crystal Palace collapsed last midweek.
But, as of early afternoon today, Everton had yet to seal a deal with Nuno and the club’s board are keeping other options open.
A Goodison source has told Football Insider that one of the managers they are talking to is Conte following his recent Inter Milan exit.
That represents a huge and exciting prospect for Everton fans following Carlo Ancelotti’s abrupt exit a fortnight ago.
The Italian recently came close to landing the Tottenham job only for talks to collapse late on when an agreement was close.
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He has one of the best CVs in modern management, clinching his fifth league title during the recently-completed Serie A campaign.
The former Chelsea and Juventus boss is also ambitious and is used to working at clubs with bigger budgets than most rivals, something he would also likely enjoy at Everton.
The extent of Conte’s interest in the Merseysiders – who finished 10th in the Premier League last term – remains to be seen but they offer a potentially attractive route back into English football.
As for Everton chiefs, owner Farhad Moshiri is aware that negotiations with Nuno could still collapse and wants back-up options.
It was decided at a board meeting led by the billionaire last Thursday – and also including chairman Bill Kenwright, director of football Marcel Brands and chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale – to press ahead with Nuno negotiations.
David Moyes had also been a target but he opted to sign the new three-year West Ham contract that has been on the table since the Premier League season ended.
One stumbling block with Nuno is his unusually large team of assistants, and they all departed with him when he exited Wolves last month.
Should that hurdle be cleared, then Everton could formalise a deal with Nuno in the coming days.