After Arsenal and Crystal Palace links, manager could replace Antonio Conte
According to Tuttomercatoweb, Arsenal and Crystal Palace target Paulo Fonseca is one of the first pioneers to replace Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.
If the former Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk boss couldn’t lead a talented Roma side to Champions League places – they finished seventh after a miserable 2021 – is he really the man to keep a Inter team hemorrhaging at the top of Italian football?
In truth, Fonseca’s reputation should – and probably will – survive a mixed period in the Italian capital.
Mozambique-born, 48, won nine trophies during periods in Portugal and Ukraine.
If Inter fans had one criticism of Conte, it was because his Nerrazzuri side was more responsive and pragmatic than fluid and fun.
Fonseca, on the other hand, is renowned for his attractive and forward-thinking approach – although Fabio Capello is right to question his ability to put up a solid defense.
Replacement of Antonio Conte at Inter Milan?
Calciomercato reported a few weeks ago that Crystal Palace had been in contact with Fonseca regarding Roy Hodgson’s potential replacement at Selhurst Park. A man who prides himself on an exciting brand of football would certainly be welcome after the stale stability of the Hodgson era.
Italian expert Tancredi Palmeri, meanwhile, claimed Arsenal identified Fonseca amid doubts over Mikel Arteta’s suitability in the Emirates dugout.
The single center-back has also been offered to Tottenham and linked to Wolves.
But while Inter would undoubtedly represent the biggest work of his career, Fonseca could be frightened by the well-publicized problems of a club which has just lost its talismanic manager and title winner.
Goal claim Inter need to raise Â£ 77million through player sales to ease these financial nightmares, with Romelu Lukaku, Alessandro Bastoni, Stefan de Vrij and Lautaro Martinez potentially available.
The part of Inter that is fighting to defend their Serie A title may be very different from the part that claimed it in the first place.
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