Antonio Conte is understood to have ‘concerns’ over Tottenham’s ability to compete with the Premier League’s leading sides as talks continue over the vacant role as manager.
Spurs are currently assessing their options following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in April, with Conte emerging as a leading candidate after leaving Inter Milan.
Conte guided the Italian side to a first league title since the 2009/10 campaign last season, though walked away from the Nerazzurri after being informed of the club’s need to cut costs and raise up to €100m from player sales this summer.
Reports this morning suggested that Spurs were growing confident about appointing the former Chelsea boss, though the Times say that Conte still has ‘concerns’ over the club’s capability to challenge the divisions leading sides, the Italian keen to discover whether Spurs have the resources to match his ambitions of competing for the title.
The 51-year-old has enjoyed huge success in his club career to date, winning league titles at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan, in addition to a spell in charge of the Italian national side.
Conte is aware that Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool will all invest this summer and wants assurances that he will be able to build and mould a squad capable of competing.
There are also concerns over Harry Kane’s desire to leave in search of silverware with the England captain a target for several Premier League rivals.
Tottenham are also looking into the possibility of hiring Fabio Paratici as sporting director, with Conte keen to work alongside his compatriot again following a similar relationship at Juventus.