Conte Willing to Make a Compromise to Get Manchester United Job

Manchester United will not hire Antonio Conte this week. The English club has decided to give Ola Gunnar Solskjaer more time. They will face Tottenham, Atalanta, and Manchester City before the next international break.

Conte has never taken over a team mid-season after he established himself as an elite coach. But he is ready to make an exception for the Red Devils. He is eyeing a Premier League return, but only under the right circumstances, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

The Italian gaffer loves the challenge of bringing a prestigious team back to elite levels. He has already done it with Juventus and Inter. He would have the same opportunity with United. Before taking a job, though, he wants a foundation of quality players he could count on right away. Given the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Raphael Varane and so on, Conte feels that would be the case with the Red Devils.

The 52-year-old manager was approached by Tottenham in the offseason and recently by Newcastle. However, he believed he would not have had much power on the transfer market with the Spurs. And that the Magpies, despite the Arab money, are too distant from the upper echelon to be successful in a short period of time. It would be a risky move for his reputation.

Instead, Manchester United would be a better fit. Conte could turn things around quickly with his tactical expertise and motivational skills. Solskjaer recently received the backing of Alex Ferguson. He is under contract until 2024 with €9M wages.