Report: Man Utd snubbed Antonio Conte due to ‘unacceptable’ request

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Manchester United chose not to appoint Antonio Conte to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being put off by his demands for a £250 million transfer budget, according to the Mirror. 

The Italian was sounded out as a top managerial target by the Red Devils after Solskjaer’s position came under increasing pressure due to a host of unconvincing performances, however, the club’s chiefs stuck to their guns and backed the Norwegian. 

The Mirror claim the former Chelsea boss eventually snubbed United, after the club’s chiefs were unwilling to give him the £250 million budget he intended to use across the next two transfer windows. 

Conte was said to be keen on taking up a potential opening at Old Trafford, but brushed that chance aside once a position at Tottenham became available. 

The report adds that former Real Madrid manager Zindine Zidane, who was also targeted for the United hot-seat, was similarly not given assurances over the spending allowances granted for potential incomings. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

Conte does demand significant investment in the team, but that’s the way to do it if teams are to be successful, which is evident from his track record. Regardless, Spurs are fortunate that United dawdled and passed up the opportunity to grab Conte. 

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