Antonio Conte has started talks with Tottenham over the vacant managerial role, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Italian has been out of work since leaving Inter Milan at the end of the 2020/21 season.
Antonio Conte in Talks With Tottenham
A Serious Coup
Securing the services of the former Italian national boss would be a serious coup for Tottenham.
The 51-year-old is regarded as one of the best coaches in the world and was a potential candidate for the Real Madrid job before Carlo Ancelotti was appointed yesterday.
Conte has experience in English football, having guided Chelsea to the title in the 2016/17 Premier League season. Although he endured a tougher second season, he was still able to add the FA Cup to his list of honours.
The Italian was sacked by the Blues in 2018 and took a year out of the game before returning to Italy with Inter Milan. His two seasons at the San Siro were hugely successful. They finished as runners-up in the Europa League and Serie A during the first campaign, before they went one better and won the Scudetto this season.
However, the 51-year-old had to depart the club due to financial constraints and concerns.
Tottenham, though, could offer him a quick return to management. The club is on the hunt for a new manager following the departure of Jose Mourinho in April.
According to Romano, talks are currently ongoing between the two parties, with a deal yet to be struck.
Who Are the Other Candidates for the Tottenham Job?
A host of managers have been linked with the vacant role in North London since the departure of Mourinho.
It appeared recently that former manager Mauricio Pochettino was the number one target for Tottenham. Spurs had held talks with the Argentine, with the 49-year-old telling current employers Paris Saint-Germain that he would like to leave.
However, persuading PSG to release him would be tricky and, according to Jason Burt of The Telegraph, the French club are confident that he will stay.
Roberto Martinez is another manager who has reportedly held talks with Tottenham, although his focus will now be on the delayed Euro 2020 with Belgium.
As a result, Tottenham may now be putting their focus on securing the services of former Chelsea boss Conte.
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