Tottenham are ‘confident’ of persuading Antonio Conte to succeed Jose Mourinho as the club’s new manager.
Conte has been in talks with the north London side about the vacant role after leaving Inter Milan, with Spurs increasingly confident of securing a deal to end their search for a new manager.
Mourinho was sacked in April following a disappointing campaign that saw Spurs finish the season in seventh, missing out on Champions League qualification for the second successive campaign.
Daniel Levy has faced pressure from the supporters to find the right appointment with a whole host of names having been linked with the position over the past two months, though the Guardian are reporting a deal for Conte is edging closer to completion.
Conte guided Inter Milan to a first league title in 11 years last season before stepping down from his position at the San Siro, having been informed by the Italian’s hierarchy of the club’s need to significantly cut costs this summer – a position in contrast to his desire to strengthen.
That exit has paved the way for a Premier League return for the former Chelsea boss, who won the Premier League title and FA Cup across two seasons at Stamford Bridge.
Levy will hope the arrival of a proven winner can appease an unsettled fanbase, who have become disgruntled as the north London side’s regression over the past two campaigns and the fall-out from the European Super League proposal.
The future of Harry Kane also poses Spurs a problem with the England captain having revealed his desire to leave the club this summer, and Levy will hope the new manager and project is enough to convince the forward to remain in the capital despite interest from Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.