Napoli Clause Poses Obstacle for FIGC to Hire Spalletti

With Roberto Mancini now out of the picture, the FIGC has probed Antonio Conte and Luciano Spalletti as potential successors to take over the helm as the Italy manager. Of the two, it is understood that the latter is in pole position to win the post, in contrast to the former, who reportedly expects a salary of €10M, while FIGC do not intend to go above their ceiling of €5M.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Spalletti has given his yes to the Italy national team – now standing the chance to coach a national team for the first time in his career following Mancini’s exit.

Former Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti is presently a free agent after parting ways with the Partenopei following a historic Scudetto-winning season. Yet, despite being a free agent, the ex-Roma tactician holds an existing clause with Napoli, which dictates that any interested party interested in signing Spalletti before June 2024 would have to pay €3.2M.

However, the FIGC do not plot to fill the coffers of Napoli. The ball now lies in the court of Aurelio De Laurentiis, who had included the clause as a deterrent to rival clubs luring Spalletti, a case sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli is a perfect example of.

Our Take on Spalletti as the next Azzurri tactician

While Conte comes in with experience, Spalletti proved his credentials in 2022/23 with Napoli, leading them to an unprecedented third Scudetto success. The Italian job seems like the only plausible path for Spalletti to advance further, and he could play a huge part in reviving the glory days of old following the downfall post the EURO 2020 title win.

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