When Antonio Conte was touted as the next Tottenham manager, everyone knew Daniel Levy would have to pay through the nose for the former Chelsea man’s services.
His ability to win trophies quickly and efficiently comes at a price, and that was one of the reasons why the Italian pulled out from talks, as well as his worries about Spurs’ squad.
Then came Paulo Fonseca, who seemed set to take over in north London in the coming days after a week or so of negotiating, and yet that fell through too.
Announced on Thursday afternoon, the decision to move on from the Portuguese came as a surprise, with Gennaro Gattuso, who officially walked away from the Fiorentina job after three weeks, quickly becoming the new favourite.
TuttoMercatoWeb have the figures on offer from Spurs for the former Milan manager, claiming he has been given a two-year contract worth €2.5m/year + bonuses.
Those are the same figures he would have earned at Fiorentina, and it seems Jorge Mendes, his agent, is pushing to get his client a new job quickly.
The article also suggests Roberto Martinez was the main choice from Levy, but with his inability to free himself from the Belgium national team job until July, action needed to be taken sooner rather than later.