Agent claims Conte could re-join Juventus because Spurs are ‘heavily indebted’

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Italian football agent Ivan Reggiani has claimed that Antonio Conte could leave Tottenham to return to Juventus this summer.

There has been plenty of speculation over Conte’s future over the last week, with reports from France suggesting the Italian had offered himself to Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year contract to replace Mauricio Pochettino (Le Parisien).

In his press conference on Friday, Conte rubbished the speculation linking him with the PSG job, labelling it as ‘fake news’ (Goal).

However, the Italian refused to commit his future to Spurs, hinting that his plans for next season will depend on the outcome of his meeting with the Tottenham hierarchy at the end of the campaign (Football.London).

Reggiani has now claimed that Tottenham’s financial constraints, due to the debt the club have incurred over the new stadium, could force Conte to jump ship this summer.

He told CMIT TV: “The money is there, but it’s not property, it’s big loans. The club is heavily indebted, it carries the burden of the stadium and bankruptcy seasons, with salaries equal to other more noble in England.

“I believe that Antonio Conte at the moment is able to choose, he is certainly one of the best coaches in the world. In recent years he has made some risky choices, he is one of those podium coaches, one of the three in the world at 100%.”

Reggiani insisted that Massimiliano Allegri could depart Juventus this summer and that the Tottenham head coach could return to the Allianz Stadium.

The agent added: “Why not, Juve above all, it can happen even this summer. I don’t think Allegri will be able to reconstruct what it was in the past winning years next year. He needs a change of scenery after getting this wrong wave. I think Nedved in management is also leaving.”

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Spurs fans should take this with a pinch of salt as this seems to be an uninformed take from Reggiani. The debt incurred over the stadium is a long-term one and will have little effect on the club’s transfer budget over the short term.

However, that does not mean that Conte is nailed on to stay at Tottenham next season. The Italian is no stranger to making excessive transfer demands and as a self-sustained club, we are not likely to be able to compete with the likes of City or United in the transfer market.

While I expect the Spurs hierarchy to satisfy Conte’s demands, there will obviously be a limit to how far they can go. Paratici and Levy will also have to plan for the long-term while the 52-year-old will be focused on the short to medium term.

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