Blow to Tottenham as Talks with Antonio Conte Break Down
- Conte is said to have been in disagreement with Spurs budget to buy players in the summer transfer window
- There were also disagreements over the Italian’s salary and the bringing in of 4 of his own staff
- Spurs are currently still in the hunt for a new boss, seven weeks after dismissing Mourinho
Tottenham’s talks with former Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte have hit a snag, and the club has decided to call off discussions.
Conte, 51, looked set to replace Jose Mourinho at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium and was in advanced talks with the club.
However, talks have stalled as at Saturday, June 5 and the likelihood of resumption are extremely low.
There were suggestions that Conte was starting to have doubts because of the budget he was set to be given to bolster the Tottenham squad.
Conte has a reputation of buying ready-made stars who have in turn earned him instant success at most clubs he has managed in the first two seasons.
At Chelsea, he won the Premier League in his debut season while it took him only two attempts to win the Scudetto with Inter Milan.
While Conte prefers bolstering his squad with stars, Tottenham chair Daniel Levy prefers coming up with talent from youth level and the gradual building of a team.
Football insider Fabrizio Romano further suggested that part of the reason talks broke down was over salary issues, with Spurs coming up short of Conte’s demands.
“Antonio Conte wanted to bring more than 4 staff members to Tottenham, Spurs reluctant on this point. Salary proposal difference around €3m. Investments and project to win ‘as soon as possible’, another issue. That’s why talks with Conte have stalled - no agreement.” A tweet from Romano further explained.
This leaves Spurs still in search of a new manager, seven weeks after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho, who has since been appointed the new AS Roma boss.
Who is likely to be next Tottenham boss after Conte bows out?
There are still a number of big names linked with the Spurs job, despite Conte’s talks with the club breaking down.
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has been linked with the job but no formal approach has been made, while Julian Nangelsmann was also linked but has since moved to Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile, Inter replaced Conte with former Lazio boss Simeone Inzaghi.
He arrives at the San Siro after fairly successful five years as Lazio boss in a period where he led the club back to the Champions League for the first time since the 2007/08 season.
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