Manchester United are believed to have been deterred by Antonio Conte due to the Italian’s huge demands for a transfer budget of £ 250 million.
Conte was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford last month when incumbent manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struggled to save his job, before finally moving to Tottenham instead.
Solskjaer received support from the United hierarchy after the 5-0 home loss to Liverpool and will remain responsible for the moment, despite subsequent poor performances against Atalanta and Manchester City in the matches to turn things around.
90min revealed in October that Conte, who was unemployed at the time after leaving Inter last summer, was interested in having talks with United and was willing to listen if the club had heard from him. However, there was also skepticism from both sides as to whether it would fit right.
In the end, United decided not to take it anymore and stuck to Solskjaer, who is still under a lot of pressure. Conte accepted an offer from Spurs shortly afterwards, with Nuno Espirito Santo fired by the club in north London after a 3-0 loss to Solskjaers United.
One of the factors behind United’s lack of formal attitude for Conte has emerged. The Mirror reports that the Italian coach expected to receive a transfer budget of £ 250 million during the next two transfer windows in January and summer 2022.
Conte has previously spent a lot on the former clubs Chelsea and Inter to build a squad that can play in his preferred tactical system. It has been known as a success, but at significant cost.
United officials say the £ 250m figure was “unacceptable”.
United have spent a considerable amount of time in recent seasons to build a squad that many would agree is not far from creating serious challenges for big trophies, with around £ 140 million invested in Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano. Ronaldo alone entering this season.
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