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done deal Spurs close in on Conte 'coup' with Levy set to hold firm on Kane transfer


Antonio Conte. Photo by: PA Wire

Antonio Conte. Photo by: PA Wire

Antonio Conte. Photo by: PA Wire

Tottenham are growing increasingly confident that they are closing in on the appointment of Antonio Conte as the club’s latest permanent head coach.

Talks with Conte are continuing and are now believed to be centred on the Italian’s contract and how many staff he will be able to bring with him.

Conte could be handed a three-year deal and there is increasing optimism on both sides that an agreement can be found. It is now believed to be a matter of time until Conte is officially appointed.

Conte’s anticipated arrival has been met by excitement by a number of Tottenham players, who view the appointment as a coup given the former Chelsea manager’s track record of success.

Many Spurs players have team-mates in their national teams, who they are currently away with, who have played for Conte and who have won trophies under him.

As previously reported, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to tell Conte that Kane will not be sold this summer and the 51-year-old is likely to concentrate much of his early work around improving the club’s defence.

Conte will be given funds to sign new players, but will also be expected to take a close look at left-back Ryan Sessegnon and midfielder Oliver Skipp, who both did well during their loan spells away from Spurs last season.

While Conte is likely to tell Levy that he cannot immediately turn Tottenham into Premier League title contenders, the hope is very much that the former Juventus and Inter Milan coach will be able to break the club’s long trophy drought.

Conte has won nine trophies in his management career with Bari, Juventus, Chelsea and most recently Inter Milan, and was named the world’s best coach in 2013.

Former Juventus Sporting director Fabio Paratici is considering an offer to join Tottenham with Conte. The pair have worked together previously at Juve and, despite some fall-outs, have maintained a close relationship.

© Telegraph Media Group Limited 2021

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