Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly one of the clubs interested in potentially hiring Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti.
Following a disappointing run of form, it was reported last month that Antonio Conte’s future at the north London club is under question, hinting at a potential summer exit.
This has since led to other managers being linked with the Lilywhites, should they find themselves needing to hire a replacement for the 53-year-old, such as Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Roberto De Zerbi.
Now though, another Italian manager has apparently found himself on Spurs’ radar, as a recent report from Italian media outlet Il Mattino (via Sport Witness) has listed the Lilywhites as one of the Premier League clubs looking to hire Spalletti.
The report also names Chelsea, Everton and Manchester United as being interested in appointing the Napoli manager, who, similarly to Conte, is set to see his current contract expire this summer.
Having spent the majority of his managerial career in Italy, the 63-year-old has won eight trophies, four of which came during his stint in Russia in charge of Zenit St. Petersburg.
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The veteran, who has been hailed as ‘excellent’, was appointed as Napoli boss back in July 2021 and has since overlooked 78 games across all competitions, winning 53, drawing 11 and losing 14.
This season has seen Spalletti’s side become one of the deadliest outfits in Europe. Specifically, across the top five European leagues, the Italian club have the fourth-highest number of goals scored (56) and the joint-third highest overall team rating (6.88/10) alongside Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
To further highlight how impressive Napoli have been from an attacking point of view this season, they top the list in Serie A for the total of key passes (308), progressive carries (526) and goal-creating actions (100).
With Spalletti proving his credentials as an attack-minded coach with Napoli, this could surely be an exciting appointment for Spurs to make sure they need to hire a new manager in the summer.