Antonio Conte has quit as Inter Milan boss just weeks after masterminding their first Serie A title win in nine years – with the Italian said to have grown frustrated with the club’s lack of financial resources.
Conte was reportedly hoping to spend big this summer in a bid to ensure the club retain their grip on the Scudetto, but the Nerazzurri are feeling the effects of the Covid pandemic and are being forced to cash in on a number of players.
Inter need to bring their wage budget down by 20 per cent, La Gazzetta dello Sport, with the club needing to sell a host of players – generating aroudn £86.5m – in order to stay afloat, something that infuriated Conte after meeting chief Steven Zhang.
The odds have now been slashed on Conte taking over at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with SkyBet rating him at 7/4.
Levy has endured a struggle to appoint a new manager in the Spurs hotseat, with Julian Nagelsmann, Hans Dieter-Flick, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers all turning down the Tottenham chief’s advances.
Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a shock return to north London, although Conte’s previous success in England – in which he won the Premier League at Chelsea – could sway Levy, who is desperate for Spurs to end their barren spell without silverware.