Antonio Conte 'in advanced talks to succeed Mourinho at Tottenham'

Antonio Conte ‘in advanced talks with Tottenham over succeeding Jose Mourinho’… with former Chelsea boss set for Premier League return just a WEEK after quitting Inter Milan

  • Tottenham have been searching for a successor to sacked boss Jose Mourinho  
  • Ryan Mason was put in temporary charge until the end of the top-flight season 
  • Antonio Conte quit Inter Milan after becoming frustrated with their finances 
  • Sky Sport Italia now claim he is in advanced talks about a return to England 

Antonio Conte is in advanced negotiations to become Tottenham’s new boss, according to reports in Italy.

Spurs have yet to appoint a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho who was sacked in April after 17 months in charge, with Ryan Mason taking temporary charge until the end of the Premier League season.

But now Sky Sport Italia claim former Chelsea boss Conte – who quit Serie A champions Inter Milan last month – is in talks to move back to the Premier League.

Antonio Conte is in advanced talks to become the new Tottenham boss, according to reports

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy (left) has been searching for Jose Mourinho’s successor for more than a month

Sportsmail understands Conte has held discussions about taking over at Spurs having already seen a number of potential candidates fall by the wayside in their search for a permanent manager.

Julian Nagelsmann agreed to join Bayern Munich from RB Leipzig and Brendan Rodgers has reiterated his commitment to FA Cup winners Leicester, even after they missed out on the top four on the final day of the season.

Ajax meanwhile have extended the contract of manager Erik ten Hag for another year until 2023, but reports now suggest the north London side are close to agreeing a deal with Conte.

The club had also held talks with former boss Mauricio Pochettino about a sensational return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but recent reports suggest PSG have no intention of letting the Argentine depart after just six months in charge. 

Conte quit Inter Milan just weeks after masterminding their first Scudetto win in nine years

The 51-year-old Italian won the 2016-17 Premier League in his first season at Chelsea

The 51-year-old quit as Inter Milan boss just a week after masterminding their first Scudetto win in nine years – with the Italian said to have grown frustrated with the club’s lack of financial resources.

He was reportedly hoping to spend big this summer in a bid to ensure the club retain their grip on the Scudetto, but Inter are feeling the effects of the Covid pandemic and are being forced to cash in on a number of players.  

Conte spent two seasons in west London with Chelsea after joining the Stamford Bridge outfit after a Euro 2016 campaign with Italy.

He won the Premier League in his first season in England, and followed it up with FA Cup glory in the following campaign after their 1-0 win against Manchester United in the final at Wembley.

He then followed that up with an FA Cup win after they beat Manchester United at Wembley

Spurs have also been linked with bringing in former Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici

However, he was relieved of his duties a couple of months later, with compatriot Maurizio Sarri brought in to replace him.

Conte would not be the first former Chelsea boss this century to manage their London rivals, with Andre Villas-Boas having spent a season each at both clubs, while Mourinho had two stints at Stamford Bridge prior to joining Spurs in November 2019.

Conte may not be the only Italian at Tottenham, with reports having also linked the club with former Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici, who will depart the Allianz Stadium after 11 years at the club upon the expiration of his deal at the end of the month.

The ex-Chelsea boss was also linked with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, but the former have now hired Carlo Ancelotti while the latter are determined to keep hold of Pochettino.

Conte would join Andre Villas-Boas (front) and Mourinho in managing both London sides

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