Italian journalist Fabio Santini has revealed he has heard from a source very close to Antonio Conte that the Tottenham head coach is in negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain.
Conte’s five months at Tottenham have not been all plain sailing, with the Italian being evidently frustrated by the team’s inconsistency.
The 52-year-old even suggested after Spurs’ loss to Burnley back in February that he might not be the man to help the club turn around their fortunes (Football.London).
However, Spurs’ form has improved considerably over the last month and Conte has certainly come across as a much more content figure during recent press conferences.
Despite this, he is not likely to stay at the North London club next season if Santini’s latest update is to be believed. The journalist claimed that Conte could replace Mauricio Pochettino at PSG in the summer.
Santini told Calciomercato.it’s CMIT TV (07/04/22 as relayed by Sport Witness): “He does not stay in London. I know thanks to a source very close to him. And at the moment there is a negotiation with the Parisians.”
Santini also went on to suggest that Conte could take Lukaku with him to Paris should he take over from Pochettino at the Ligue 1 giants.
He added: “For about two weeks he [Lukaku] and Hakimi have been flooding old Inter colleagues with Whatsapp messages.
“Lukaku can only return to Inter on loan, but at the moment there is a negotiation between Conte and PSG, where Conte goes for Lukaku.
“PSG have all the elements to be well accepted by the Belgian. You don’t go back to Inter but go to your coach. Unlike Inter who today announced that they will make two sales at the end of the season.”
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Spurs fans should take this information with a pinch of salt as Conte certainly appears to be enjoying things in North London a lot more in light of the team’s recent improvement.
However, this information also cannot be completely dismissed, given the fact that Santini has specified that the information is coming from someone close to Conte’s camp.
That would also explain why the journalist with well-placed sources at Spurs are not privy to similar information.
Should Conte walk away this summer (which is unlikely), at least it appears like Pochettino would be available, with Man Utd seemingly set to appoint Erik Ten Hag.
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