The Sun have claimed that Antonio Conte demanded a huge war chest in excess of £100m in order to take over as Tottenham’s next head coach.
Tottenham have ended talks with Conte and it looks as though the club’s managerial chase could be about to reset, with the arrival of Fabio Parataci potentially leading to a new set of targets (according to Alasdair Gold at 9:06).
Some Spurs fans on social media were left fuming when they learned that the club had ended their interest in Conte.
The Sun have now claimed that the reason for a breakdown in talks between Spurs and Conte was mainly down to the Italian’s transfer demands.
On top of a £15 million-a-year salary, the 51-year-old reportedly wanted more than £100m to be invested in new signings.
Levy reportedly felt that Conte’s excessive demands could have potentially catastrophic financial implications for the club in the long term.
It is explained that the Spurs chairman was also ‘wary’ of Conte’s reluctance to make use of the club’s academy talent.
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There is no doubt that the club have made themselves look silly with the Conte saga but if the Italian’s demands were unrealistic, Levy would have had no choice to pull out from talks. The problem in the situation is Spurs not realising in the first place that Conte was not a realistic target given the club’s current predicament.
However, I have no time for fans who accuse Levy of not showing enough ambition by promising Conte whatever he is asking for. We are coming out of a global pandemic, which has come at the worst possible time for Spurs, a club whose financial health has always been sound under ENIC’s ownership.
We are a self-sustaining club and that will not change under the current ownership. We have been able to increase our transfer spending and wage budget over recent years due to the growth in commercial and matchday income.
So to steer the club through this era will be a challenge for Levy and for fans to just demand the club to mindlessly throw money at Conte, without worrying about where that could leave us in a few years, are incredibly short-sighted.
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