Inter Milan are Italian champions again — so why might Antonio Conte leave?

Italian media predicted the upcoming finish of coach Antonio Conte’s time at Inter Milan on Wednesday, even because the membership basked within the glow of changing into Serie A champions again after an 11-year-wait.

Milan-based Gazzetta dello Sport ran the headline “Conte-Inter divorce” and predicted a separation throughout the subsequent 48 hours.

Corriere dello Sport wrote that the connection was “completed” and that lawyer Angelo Capellini, who offers with contracts and negotiations, was on the membership places of work for a second consecutive day to supervise a contract termination.

Sky Italia reported {that a} mutual settlement for Conte’s exit, a yr earlier than his contract expires, was being labored on.

The experiences adopted revealing feedback from Conte’s assistant Cristian Stellini after the 5-1 win over Udinese on Sunday when Inter, having already sealed the title originally of Could, acquired to carry the trophy.

“We are passionate about persevering with however when you will have a high coach, he requires a high undertaking too,” Stellini informed DAZN.

“The sale of high gamers may change issues nevertheless it’s as much as the membership to clarify what the scenario is.”

Stellini’s feedback struck on the coronary heart of the difficulty: Conte want to keep and Inter want to preserve him, however his ambitions are at odds with the membership’s monetary scenario.

Hypothesis across the supervisor’s future has been rife for months, to the extent that he stopped attending information conferences in direction of the top of the season to keep away from fielding awkward questions.

BLOCKBUSTER SIGNINGS

Conte’s two seasons on the membership have been very spectacular: he led Inter to runners-up finishes in Serie A and the Europa League in his debut marketing campaign, earlier than successful the title this yr.

Because the former Chelsea supervisor took over in 2019, Inter have splashed out on blockbuster signings of gamers akin to Romelu Lukaku, Nicolo Barella, Christian Eriksen and Achraf Hakimi.

Funding in Conte’s squad accelerated their path to success and the coach desires that to proceed to attain his subsequent goal of constructing a mark in Europe, following a disappointing Champions League group-stage exit this season.

Nevertheless, Inter are now seeking to lower prices after taking an enormous monetary hit in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

Membership president Steven Zhang made a plea to gamers and workers to surrender two months’ wages this month nevertheless it was rejected.

Inter have since secured 275 million euros ($336.35 million) from Oaktree Capital Administration to assist stabilise the scenario however cuts will proceed.

They are now reportedly seeking to trim the wage invoice by 15-20% and make 70-100 million euros from participant gross sales earlier than subsequent season.

Some less-used squad gamers will go, nevertheless it seems seemingly that one of many membership’s star performers will must be bought to achieve the monetary targets and Hakimi, Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez are amongst these being linked with strikes away.

None of that is what Conte, a ferociously aggressive and bold character, signed up for.

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