Tottenham have started talks with Antonio Conte to bring him to the club next season as their head coach. Tottenham Hotspur are without a permanent coach since Daniel Levy fired Jose Mourinho before their Carabao Cup final in April.
Levy has discussed personal terms with Conte, who left his job as the manager of Internazionale last Wednesday, three and a half weeks after leading the club to their first Serie A title in 11 years. Tottenham had identified Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is happy at PSG and will not leave the club.
Tottenham are looking to rope in Fabio Paratici as the Sporting Director alongside Antonio Conte
A potential appointment would mark a return to England for the 51-year-old three years after he left Chelsea, where he won both the Premier League and FA Cup during two seasons in charge. Conte joined Chelsea after Euro 2016 having previously coached Italy for two years.
Contact has been made between Tottenham and Conte, and negotiations could accelerate quickly with Levy seemingly ready to make a firm offer to Conte after making the Italian his preferred candidate.
Levy wrote in his end-of-season programme notes that he wanted a manager whose “values reflect those of our great club and return [the team] to playing football with the style for which we are known – free-flowing, attacking and entertaining – whilst continuing to embrace our desire to see young players flourish from our academy alongside experienced talent”.
Tottenham are also looking to bring in Fabio Paratici for the Sporting Director role at the club ahead of next season. Conte’s three-year spell as Juventus boss from 2011 to 2014 saw him work with Paratici, who was the club’s chief football officer.
Paratici joined Juve in 2010 and played a key role in the Turin club winning nine straight Serie A titles from 2012 to 2020. This might be the duo which gives Tottenham their winning formula after all these years as Conte has been a proven winner everywhere he has managed.