Former Inter and Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has told Gazzetta dello Sport that Luis Enrique could be in contention to take over as manager at AC Milan, despite reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur.

Enrique is currently unemployed, having left his role with the Spanish national team at the end of last year after the World Cup in Qatar.

Luis Enrique

(Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The 52-year-old previously managed Barcelona between 2014 and 2017, during which time he won the Champions League, two La Liga titles, and three Copa del Rey titles (Transfermarkt).

The Athletic previously reported that Enrique was at the top of a long list of candidates being considered by Tottenham Hotspur as they prepare for life beyond Antonio Conte.

Conte’s time at Tottenham appears to be all but over, with the Telegraph reporting yesterday that the Italian will be dismissed within the week.

This comes on the back of a highly-critical press conference (via Football.London) at the weekend.

If Spurs are keen to hire Enrique, it sounds like they should move fast. The latest out of Italy suggests AC Milan may be looking to part ways with Stefano Pioli after a string of poor results, and are eyeing Enrique as their new manager.

That is according to Sabatini, who believes Milan’s sporting director Ricky Massara is keen on the Spaniard.

On the idea of Massara moving for Enrique, Sabatini said: “Assuming that the replacement of Pioli is an issue, it is not excluded that he will do it. On the contrary: the way he knows him, he cannot fail to have a thought about him.”

Spurs Web Opinion

It will be interesting to see what Spurs do here.

If Conte does indeed leave this week, will Ryan Mason be given the keys until the end of the season, or does Daniel Levy have something up his sleeve to appoint a permanent manager now rather than in the summer?

Have something to tell us about this article?

Keep up to date with all the latest Tottenham news and opinion by following SpursWeb’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.