Antonio Conte is reportedly set to join Tottenham, as the London club edges towards finally appointing a successor to Jose Mourinho.
The Italian boss, who won the Premier League during his two years with Chelsea, is reportedly set to be confirmed as the new head coach, with Fabio Paratici reportedly coming in as director of football.
He’s been available since the end of the season, as Inter Milan allowed him to leave despite winning the Serie A title after over a decade, following a dispute over transfer plans. Mourinho was sacked in April after Spurs were knocked out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb and were put on the verge of missing out on European qualification.
Ryan Mason was appointed to see out the season, winning four and losing three of the seven matches he took charge of, including a defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final. The Englishman was though able to secure a seventh-place finish in the Premier League , enough to enter next season’s inaugural Europa Conference League.
But while Mason took charge temporarily, Tottenham ’s search for Mourinho’s permanent successor has dragged on.
Numerous apparent candidates have appeared to rule themselves out of the running, with Julian Nagelsmann joining Bayern Munich and Erik ten Hag signing a new contract at Ajax.
That left Daniel Levy returning to former boss Mauricio Pochettino, who was reportedly unhappy with life at Paris Saint-Germain.
But Pochettino will seemingly now not be returning to London, with media reports indicating that Conte is “set to” be appointed as Mourinho’s successor.
Conte has enjoyed an incredibly successful managerial career, winning five league titles across the past 10 years.
That includes a Premier League title he won in his first season at Chelsea , with the FA Cup following the next year.
Curiously, Conte also replaced Mourinho in that job, following a caretaker spell from Guus Hiddink.
The Italian has also won four Serie A titles, three with Juventus and one with his most recent club Inter Milan.
He had guided Inter to the Europa League final last season, before backing that up with the club’s first Scudetto since 2010 .
But with their budget set to be cut next season and senior stars set to be sold, Conte opted to resign as manager at the end of the season.
He will not have to wait long to jump into a new job though, with Levy now set to bring him back to London to take charge at Spurs.
Conte will reportedly be joined at Tottenham by Paratici, who is set to become Sporting Director at the Premier League side.
Paratici spent 11 years as chief football officer at Juventus, serving alongside Conte to help return The Old Lady to the top of Italian football.
The Italian is responsible for signing many of the stars who have helped turn Juevntus into serial winners, including Cristiano Ronaldo , Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala.
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