Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis met with Antonio Conte again recently, offering him to take over at the end of the season, but the coach bought time because he’d rather go to Milan. The Partenopei patron, who already pursued the boss last summer and after firing Rudi Garcia, tendered a sizeable three-year contract, Sportitalia informs.
The gaffer didn’t flat-out refuse but isn’t truly convinced either. He took the meeting mostly out of respect. He believes there could be better landing spots out there, especially the Rossoneri.
Unlike Napoli, Milan haven’t taken any concrete step toward hiring Conte at this stage. They will likely move on from Stefano Pioli. Director Geoffrey Moncada and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are pulling in such a direction.
Instead, CEO Giorgio Furlani prefers Thiago Motta for a few reasons, for instance, the cumbersomeness of the Italian tactician, his wages, and his effect on the construction of the squad. They might need to spend big to overhaul it if they appointed him.
Our Take on Conte, Milan, and Napoli
If the Rossoneri brass really sacked Paolo Maldini because he was too centralizing, they would have their fair share of fun with the uber-demanding coach. He reportedly didn’t accept the Partenopei in the past due to a lack of certainty about the future of their stars, and that’s still there. If he’s offering his services around, it means that Juventus will either keep Massimiliano Allegri or go young. Otherwise, they’d be top of the list for him.
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