Antonio Conte is the favourite to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, nonetheless, the Purple Devils have doubts and it has nothing to do collectively along with his managerial credentials.
Solskjaer is beneath a world of stress following a bruising 5-0 hammering in the direction of rivals Liverpool on Sunday throughout the Premier League. Pressured once more to the drawing board, and no matter Solskjaer’s private notion that his side is close to success, large sections of the membership’s fanbase are literally calling for the Norwegian to get changed.
Quite a lot of names have been linked with succeeding Solskjaer, along with former Inter Milan and Chelsea supervisor Conte.
Nonetheless, CaughtOffside now understands that the Purple Devils’ concerns over the Italian’s integrity might scupper the deal.
All through phone calls, numerous senior sources have suggested CaughtOffside that, whereas managing Chelsea between 2016 and 2018, an investigation into Conte’s conduct was undertaken.
Suspicions of wrongdoing, first flagged by a senior Tottenham Hotspur official, later revealed that Conte and his agent, Federico Pastorello, had made secret agreements with totally different brokers to income from Chelsea’s swap protection – all of which was executed behind the Blues’ once more with no totally different members of their workers strain aware of the Italian’s secret operation – allege our sources.
Conte and Pastorello are alleged to have made preparations to pocket a proportion of participant brokers’ prices if they could have an effect on Marina Granovskaia’s signings.
Our sources declare that one deal Conte and Pastorello sought to appreciate from was Chelsea’s signing of Emerson Palmieri, who arrived from Roma in 2018 for spherical £18m.
These secret agreements between supervisor and brokers, which are understood to have occurred all through Conte’s two years in London, are thought-about the first motive why Daniel Levy pulled the plug on hiring him earlier to appointing Nuno Espirito Santo.
This was not the first time Conte has found himself beneath fire; earlier to taking over at Chelsea, he was investigated on suspicion that he carried out a activity in match-fixing (Guardian) – following an investigation, the Italian was later acquitted (nonetheless not sooner than serving a ban imposed by the Italian soccer federation).
Nonetheless, although a confirmed winner and at current on the market, his earlier misdemeanours are a significant factor in Manchester United’s unwillingness to open talks over the potential for altering Solskjaer.
When requested for his or her concepts on Conte being the favourite to succeed Solskjaer, our provide said: “Do not go wherever near that. He has no probability. I don’t assume United would menace it.”
Hopefully, Conte and his representatives can come forward and set the file straight, nonetheless throughout the absence of any contact upon the matter, these allegations look like standing in the easiest way of Conte turning into the next boss of a very powerful membership on the earth.