Inter are willing to make Antonio Conte the joint highest-paid manager in the world to convince him to leave Stamford Bridge.
The Italian giants will offer the Premier League title-winning boss a £20million-a-year deal to become the best-paid boss on the planet alongside Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.
Make no mistake, Inter owner Zhang Jindong and his Suning Holdings Group — who also own Chinese club Jiangsu Suning — really mean business.
They have snatched Walter Sabatini from Roma to be Inter’s technical director — and he is close to 47-year-old Conte.
In fact he tried to convince Conte to join Roma when he quit Juventus suddenly in pre-season in 2014.
Inter would give Conte £125m to spend this summer.
They are already in talks to snatch Manchester United target Marquinhos from Paris Saint-Germain, midfield powerhouse Radja Nainggolan from Roma and Italy winger Federico Bernardeschi from Fiorentina.
Apart from that they could sell Ivan Perisic to Manchester City, United or Tottenham and keeper Samir Handanovic to Liverpool, raising even more funds for Conte.
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They would also give Conte a platform to challenge the supremacy of his old club Juve which appeals to the Italian coach.
While Conte has been dismissive of the story in public, Inter’s interest gives him a massive bargaining chip in the end-of-season talks he will hold with the bigwigs at Chelsea, where he earns £6m a year before bonuses.
And the Blues’ top brass had better bend over backwards and give Conte what he asks because he WILL leave.
The charismatic and fiery coach showed at both Juventus and Italy he is quite capable of walking away if he does not get exactly what he wants.