Conte, Enrique Linked With Osimhen’s Napoli

May 24, 2023
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Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen could play under Antonio Conte or Luis Enrique as Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has reportedly targeted the duo to replace Luciano Spalletti.

Despite leading Napoli to a first league win 1990, Spalletti has admitted he could leave.

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Spalletti said in a press conference following Napoli’s 3-1 win over Inter on Sunday that situation ‘has been brewing for a long time’ after working ‘from morning to night’.

According to Italian media Gazzetta dello Sport, De Laurentiis has identified Conte and Luis Enrique as possible replacements.

The Napoli president has reportedly held talks with Conte in the past about joining the club, while the 53-year-old is claimed to be keen on the role.

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Conte left his position as Tottenham Hotspur manager in explosive fashion in March.

His reputation remains strong in Italy, where he has won Serie A four times as a manager with Juventus and Inter Milan.

A complication surrounds his likely salary demands, with De Laurentiis reluctant to pay more than £6million-a-year. Conte had reportedly earned £13million annually at Tottenham.

Luis Enrique is also viewed as a leading contender having been out of work since leaving his role as Spain national team manager in December.

He had held talks to become Chelsea manager, but the Blues are set to appoint former Spurs and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Meanwhile, Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini and Fiorentina’s Vincenzo Italiano are also reportedly on De Laurentiis’ shortlist, as well as former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann.

Rafa Benitez, who was Napoli manager between 2013 and 2015, has also been linked with a return to the club.

Spalletti, who has been in charge of Napoli since 2021, still has a year remaining on his contract.

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