Antonio Conte ‘asks’ to leave Tottenham and take the job at PSG
Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has already asked Paris Saint-Germain to possibly take over as new manager this summer.
Antonio Conte has reportedly asked Paris Saint-Germain to almost double his salary if he were to be moved away from Tottenham Hotspur and replace Mauricio Pochettino as the club’s new manager.
According to RMC Sport, Conte is currently earning around €17million a year at Tottenham after replacing Nuno Espirito Santo in October. However, the figure he hopes to achieve is around €30m which would possibly make him one of the highest paid managers in Europe alongside Diego Simeone.
He also wants to join his sporting director, Gianluca Petrachi and would like to see a number of their players leave as part of a mass exodus. This is in addition to identifying potential transfer targets.
PSG have already won the Ligue 1 title with four games to go – Pochettino’s first league triumph of his coaching career. They are 13 points above second-placed Marseille and have dropped just 24 of a possible 102 available this season.
However, the Parisians’ failure to overtake Real Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 could have sealed Pochettino’s fate. It is the first time they have failed to reach at least the semi-final of the competition in three seasons after losing to Bayern Munich and Manchester City in the final and last four.
With Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar as PSG’s front three, it was hoped that PSG could lift the trophy this season for the first time. But Pochettino’s side fell to a 3-2 aggregate defeat against Los Blancos as a hat-trick from Karim Benzema proved to be the difference between the two teams.
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Pochettino could be set to lose his job this summer and Conte has reportedly been lined up for the role despite still having a year left on his contract at Spurs. The Italian has signed a short-term contract until the summer of 2023 in a bid to bring the club back to the Champions League.
With a winning percentage of 54%, Conte brought Spurs close to achieving it. Tottenham are currently two points behind Arsenal in the top four race with five games remaining.
The two teams are yet to face each other on May 12 – a game that is set to determine which team finishes higher in the table. Although Conte could be set to leave this summer, helping Spurs into the Champions League would no doubt be a parting gift.
President Daniel Levy wouldn’t be against letting him go and bringing Pochettino back, but PSG are yet to contact the Italian. Pochettino spent four years in charge of Spurs, finishing second in the Premier League twice.
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