Antonio Conte might be in this job next season – and be rewarded handsomely indeed
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte could make a return to management this summer with Inter Milan – but only if they make him the highest-paid coach in Italy.
Conte’s former club Juventus are on course for their eighth straight Serie A title, while Inter’s season has been marred by manager Luciano Spalletti’s arguments with former captain Mauro Icardi.
Inter bosses are keen for a fresh start next season, and hope to secure a first Serie A title since 2010.
Conte has been without a side since his sacking by Chelsea last year, but would not prove a cheap option for the Nerazzurri: reports suggest he is demanding a £9 million salary to take on the role.
That would mean he commands an annual wage around £2.5 million higher than Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri.
And with current coach Spalletti still having two years left on his contract at San Siro, Inter would have to shell out a hefty amount to sack him this summer too.
With Icardi’s future in doubt, and another star Ivan Perisic a target for a number of top Premier League sides (opens in new tab), Conte could have a major rebuilding project on his hands.
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Conor Pope is the Online Editor of FourFourTwo, overseeing all digital content, and joined the team in February 2019. He plays football regularly, both on grass and artificial surfaces, and has a large, discerning and ever-growing collection of football shirts from around the world.
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