Antonio Conte: In profile
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Antonio Conte will meet the Tottenham squad at lunchtime today, according to reports. Conte is set to sign an 18-month contract to become the next Spurs boss. Tottenham sacked Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday after just 10 Premier League matches in charge.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has moved fast to secure Conte after axeing Nuno.
The Italian was high on Levy’s wishlist in the summer but was unable to reach an agreement with the former Chelsea boss.
Spurs opted for Nuno instead after failing with a number of other top targets.
But five defeats in 10 league matches proved to be the downfall of the former Wolves boss.
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Spurs were beaten 3-0 by Manchester United on Saturday and that proved to be the final straw for Nuno.
Conte has been out of work since leaving Inter Milan at the end of last season.
He led Inter to their first Serie A title in 10 years last term.
But he now takes over a Spurs side who face a battle to finish in the Premier League top four.
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The Athletic claims Conte will meet with his new players at lunchtime today (Tuesday).
His first game in charge is set to be the Europa Conference League match at home to Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday.
The 52-year-old is likely to want to reinvest in the squad as early as January.
Italian outlet CalcioMercato claims Conte has asked for £237million from Levy to revamp his playing staff.
The report says Conte has already identified Juventus duo Federico Chiesa and Matthijs de Ligt as players he would like to bring to north London.
Conte is set to work under managing director of football Fabio Paratici.
The pair know each other well having worked together at Juventus.
Conte’s first Premier League match in charge of Spurs is likely to be against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Star striker Harry Kane has scored just one league goal all season.
And former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp says resolving the problems around Kane must be Conte’s priority.
Redknapp told Sky Sports News: “If I was the manager of that club right now and you took over the job, how do I get Harry Kane going? You need to have a conversation with him – ‘How do you feel about being at this club? Do you want to be here? Are you part of my plans?’.
“If he says no, I’d try to sell him in January. If he doesn’t want to be there, I think you’ve got to look at the situation where you’re going to give it all and make sure you get back to the level.
“I’m his biggest fan, Harry, but he’s not playing to the level that he wants at the moment.
“He doesn’t look as if he’s enjoying his football and that would be your first objective, can I get Harry Kane playing well alongside Son [Heung-min]?
“Get a system that works for the players and make sure you get that level back.”
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