Man United cool interest in ex-Serie A boss due to financial concerns over wage package

Manchester United ‘cool’ their interest in Antonio Conte amidst concerns of massive financial expenditure

According to the Daily Star (h/t The Mirror), Manchester United have cooled their interest in Antonio Conte due to the huge expenditure the club will need to shell out after appointing him.

The Italian is currently out of work and is an eligible option for the Red Devils. The lack of cohesion and problems of a balance in the team is clear under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and the club’s poor form has only meant more trouble for the Norwegian.

Thus, his job is certainly under threat, and Conte could be a perfect option for the Old Trafford outfit, especially if they want to win the biggest trophies. The 52-year-old has won silverware everywhere he has gone, including winning the Premier League with Chelsea in 2017.

Manchester United are having doubts over appointing Antonio Conte due to the kind of money they will need to spend to appoint him. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
Manchester United are having doubts over appointing Antonio Conte due to the kind of money they will need to spend to appoint him. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

However, the Manchester-based outfit are now considering to ‘cool’ their interest in the manager due to concerns over the kind of money they will need to shell out to appoint him and the finances that will be needed to secure the players he would need in the squad.

It is thought that the former Inter Milan manager will command a salary worth £18million plus additional finances that he will need to pay to his backroom staff. 

Moreover, a January transfer budget might also be needed to allow him to sign players that would fit into his preferred 3-5-2 formation. 

Antonio Conte has a history of spending big money on players at every club he has managed. (imago Images)
Antonio Conte has a history of spending big money on players at every club he has managed. (imago Images)

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The Italian boss has a track record of spending big money, evidenced by his £100million expenditure in his first season as Chelsea boss and breaking Inter’s transfer record for signing Romelu Lukaku.

All of these expenses would need to be incurred after the club pay a sizeable compensation to Solskjaer. Thus, while the idea of appointing Conte has not been completely ruled out, a practical approach is being plotted out.