Thursday March 8 2018
PSG want Conte

Reports in France state Paris Saint-Germain have made contact with representatives for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

Despite winning the Premier League last term, the Italian is expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season, having repeatedly criticised the club’s transfer policy.

The FIGC are keen to have him return as Italy CT, but this morning’s L’Équipe reports that PSG have also made some tentative approaches.

The Ligue 1 leaders were eliminated from the Champions League by Real Madrid on Tuesday night, and Coach Unai Emery will pay with his job at the end of the season.

So far there is no candidate who is definitively preferred, but contact has been made with Conte’s brother, Gianluca, to float the possibility of a switch to the Parc des Princes.

According to the sports newspaper, the former Juventus boss has admitted privately he’d be open to the move, and PSG could offer a far higher salary than a return to the Azzurri bench.

L’Équipe reports that there is debate within the club about Conte’s suitability, with some stating his passion and winning mentality will rub off on the dressing room, while others saying that same intensity could cause problems with stars like Neymar.

In addition, there is concern about his European record given that PSG’s aim is to win the Champions League, though that is coupled with knowledge that if he were to move to Paris he would have perhaps his best ever squad, giving Conte a better chance of going all the way.

Conte's agent, Federico Pastorello, was in Paris on Tuesday and has a close relationship with the Chelsea manager's brother.