Former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is poised to be confirmed as Tottenham Hotspur’s new head coach in the near future, barring no late snags are encountered.
After several weeks of searching for Jose Mourinho’s successor, and encountering obstacles with some of their top targets, Spurs now seem set to land Conte and install him as their new boss ahead of next season.
The Italian, who enjoyed a successful two year spell at Chelsea between 2016 and 2018, left his role at Inter last week and looks set for an immediate return to the dugout, as well as a return to the Premier League, almost three years after leaving Stamford Bridge.
Should all of the remaining formalities go through without any last-minute hitches, Conte could be seen as the ideal man to take on the challenge of rebuilding the squad at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and turning Spurs back into a competitive force in the pursuit of trophies.
As well as almost certainly being a figure who could get a tune out of this current crop of players, he could also be seen as an attractive proposition for new players to work alongside.
That means that Spurs could most certainly find it easier when it comes to trying to attract players to north London this summer, even though the UEFA Europa Conference League is the best form of European football that they will be able to offer.
But as well as building a squad for the here and now if he lands the job, Conte may also wish to focus on a long-term plan at the same time, meaning he may wish to develop youth and sign young, hungry players with the world at their feet.
One who would most certainly fall into both categories is Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
According to a report by Tuttosport, Donnarumma, who recently left AC Milan after turning down the offer of a new contract, is set to be targeted by Spurs this summer if Conte lands the job and Hugo Lloris seals a move to Roma, with the same report claiming that Mourinho is keen on taking the Frenchman to the Italian capital.
Should that happen, and Donnarumma is available, having not yet been snapped up, he could be the perfect candidate to fill the void left vacated by Lloris and become Spurs’ new No.1 shot-stopper. The 22-year-old is one of the very best goalkeepers in the world and has bags of potential within his locker.
Should he join Spurs this summer, the move would most probably receive the thumbs up from Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, who waxed lyrical about Donnarumma back in 2017, when the Italian was just 18.
Pogba wrote on Twitter back in June 2017: “Donnarumma soon best in the world. Deserves only respect for all he’s done until now. #forzaGigi.”
In fairness, although Pogba made that statement almost four years ago, he has been proven right.
Despite only being 22, Donnarumma has already blossomed into one of the very best goalkeepers in the world, meaning somebody will be very luck to sign him for free this summer.
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Should Conte get the Spurs job and Lloris goes, it could be the perfect move for the Italy international, as he would be assured the No.1 spot and get the chance to work with a fellow Italian, making that transition to a new country much easier.
However, the only downside may be that Spurs’ failure to qualify for the Champions League or Europa League could be a sticking point.
Donnarumma, who is poised to be Italy’s No.1 at Euro 2020 this summer, made 48 appearances for Milan this term, keeping 15 clean sheets.