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Inter Line Up Conte Over Mourinho With Icardi To Be Sold

Reports in Italy suggest that Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta and President Steven Zhang has decided to move on from manager Luciano Spalletti at the end of the season, regardless of whether Inter finish in the top four or not.

According to Calciomercato, Marotta wants former Juventus boss Antonio Conte and that both parties have agreed that Conte will be the next manager for the Nerazzurri and not Jose Mourinho.

As one of his conditions to becoming Inter manager, Conte has reportedly suggested that Inter selling Mauro Icardi at the end of the season as he “does not see him as fundamental to Inter.” Conte would prefer instead that Inter sign someone like AS Roma’s Edin Dzeko.

That sounds as bad an idea as when Conte got rid of Diego Costa for Álvaro Morata, a decision that cost Chelsea a place in the Champions League this season, and Conte ultimately his job.

The other named linked to Inter Milan is former manager Jose Mourinho who famously led Inter to the treble during the 2009-10 season.

Sky Italia reported that Inter President Steven Zhang has talked with Mourinho about returning to the Giuseppe Meazza, but both Zhang and Marotta prefer Conte.

“I can confirm that Mourinho has spoken with Zhang but from what I understand there is no basis for him to return. When you speak about Mou’s demands, you must always remember that he is not someone who has won a lot since leaving Inter,” said Sky Italia journalist Mariangela Pira, in a tweet.

“From what I was told, Zhang likes Mourinho but there is nothing to be done. I would not be surprised if this was an independent initiative Marotta because they do not respect this kind of hierarchy.

“They value Conte very much and I also know that he is about to sign. For Marotta it is already done.”

What do you think of Antonio Conte. Will he be welcomed by Inter fans or will his Juventus background be difficult for him to overcome?