Sources: Big update on Tottenham appointing Conte & contract details after late-night talks
Tottenham are increasingly confident of appointing Antonio Conte as their new manager following late-night talks, Football Insider understands.
High-level discussions took place all day yesterday between Spurs chiefs and representatives of the Italian, who left his job at Inter Milan eight days ago.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Conte is now the clear frontrunner for the post and there is hope he can be unveiled in the coming days.
He has been offered a long-term contract by the Londoners and discussed personal terms on a deal worth more than £10million-a-year as well as a potential transfer budget.
Spurs are also trying to recruit Conte’s former Juventus ally Fabio Paratici to be their new director of football.
The increasingly likely appointment of Conte comes after Tottenham abandoned hope of prising former boss Mauricio Pochettino from Paris Saint-Germain, as first revealed by Football Insider last Saturday 29th May.
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Conte has an even more impressive CV after overseeing Inter’s recent Serie A title as well as previous league triumphs at Chelsea and Juventus (three).
The combustible 51-year-old is something of an unlikely fit for Spurs given his history of falling out with presidents or chairmen who he has believed don’t match his ambition.
He also does not really fit the profile for the role outlined by chairman Daniel Levy in an open letter to supporters.
Levy said the club were targeting a manager with a commitment to “free-flowing, attacking and entertaining” football while developing “young players from our academy alongside experienced talent”.
Tottenham have been hit hard by the pandemic and are not expected to be big spenders in the summer window.
However, that could change if Harry Kane is sold for a £120million-plus fee and Conte is given the proceeds to transform the squad.
It is hard to imagine Levy keeping Conte happy with cautious and low-budget deals.
Tottenham have turned to a serial winner after supporters were left underwhelmed at those interviewed for the post, including Roberto Martinez and Erik Ten Hag.