Antonio Conte could equal Jurgen Klopp as second-best paid manager in the Premier League behind Pep Guardiola with Italian demanding HUGE £15million-a-year salary in order to take vacant job at Tottenham
- Antonio Conte has been in talks with Tottenham to return to the Premier League
- But he will not come cheap, with reports claiming he wants £15m per-year
- The Italian will become the joint-second top earner if he agrees to coach Spurs
- Conte would earn twice as much as Thomas Tuchel and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Tottenham may have finished seventh in the Premier League last season but they could have the joint-second highest paid coach if they appoint Antonio Conte this summer.
The Italian is the front-runner to step into the Spurs dugout, which has been vacant since Jose Mourinho was sacked last April and Ryan Mason finished his run as interim boss last month.
Spurs have been locked in talks with Conte, who won the Premier League title with London rivals Chelsea back in 2017 and is fresh from hoisting the Serie A title aloft with Inter Milan.
Antonio Conte is in talks to take over at Tottenham but the Italian will not come cheap
Conte is demanding a £15m-per-year salary after leading Inter Milan to the Serie A title
Conte wants to match Jurgen Klopp as the joint second highest-paid coach in English football
According to The Mirror, Conte is set to demand an annual salary of £15million.
That would see him match Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp as the second best-paid coach in the Premier League, leaving him only behind Pep Guardiola’s £20m salary with champions Manchester City.
The report also says Conte would be given plenty of money to spend in the transfer market to give Spurs the best chance possible of getting back into the Champions League, with the club targeting a new right back, central defender and midfielder.
Conte is also said to want assurances that talismanic striker Harry Kane will not leave the club.
Should he get his way, Conte would earn a substantial amount more than predecessor Mourinho, who was on around £10m per year according to reports.
And he would be on close to double the £8.5 annual salary Mauricio Pochettino was on by the time he left Spurs.
The fiery Italian is able to make such high demands due to his stunning track record as a coach, which has seen him five win league titles in the last decade at three separate clubs.
His first major achievement was leading Juventus to win Serie A in 2012, their first championship since the shameful Calciopoli scandal which saw them relegated in 2006.
Pep Guardiola earns the most in England, pocketing £20m per year with Manchester City
THE BEST-PAID MANAGERS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE
Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) £20m
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) £15m
Brendan Rodgers (Leicester) £10m
Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds) £8m
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United) £7.5m
Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea) £7m
He then won two more titles before leaving to coach Italy and had instant success on his return to club football as he oversaw Chelsea’s surge to the 2016/17 Premier League title.
He gave Inter early hope of winning the title in his first campaign back in Italy and although their campaign fizzled out eventually he ensured they came back stronger to win a first title since 2010 and interrupt Juve’s nine-year stranglehold on the Scudetto, a cycle of dominance which he had begun.
Should Conte end up signing a deal with Spurs, he would earn more than double the amount of Chelsea’s Champions League-winning Thomas Tuchel and also twice the amount of Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Brendan Rodgers would then drop from being the third highest earner in the league to fourth.
He earns £10m annually with Leicester City despite missing out on the top-four in successive seasons, while Marcelo Bielsea is next on the list, earning £8m per year at Leeds.