Spanish outlet El Desmarque have claimed that Antonio Conte wants to make Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente his first signing for Inter Milan.
Over the weekend, former Chelsea manager Conte was handed the Inter job after the Serie A heavyweights opted to part company with Luciano Spalletti. It is Conte’s first job since leaving Chelsea in 2018.
A Juventus legend, Conte worked with Llorente at Italy’s biggest club. The Italian manager signed him from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2013, and Llorente went on to score 27 goals in 92 league and cup outings.
Now, Llorente looks set to swap clubs again. That is because his £75,000-a-week contract (Spotrac) is set to expire, with Spurs unlikely to renew the deal given it ends on June 30.
Conte is keen to form a reunion with the 2010 World Cup winner at Inter, as he looks to mould a side capable of challenging his old team Juventus for the Serie A title.
It seems like a no-brainer for Llorente. The chance to work under a former manager at one of the world’s biggest clubs in Inter Milan, there is no way he will say no.
Even if Spurs want to keep the 34-year-old, the chances are that Llorente will be swayed by the opportunity to pull on the black and blue of the Nerrazzuri.
Tottenham will have plenty of options planned to replace Llorente this summer, and they will have to start pursuing those targets now – with Llorente wanted by Inter.