Could Spurs lure Benitez?

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Some Tottenham fans would welcome Rafa Benitez, others wouldn't, but it would be a tough task persuading him to leave Napoli this summer.

Tim Sherwood looks set to vacate the Tottenham Hotspur hot seat this summer and Rafa Benitez could be a target to replace him.

Tottenham finished sixth in the Premier League but that doesn't seem to be good enough to see Sherwood named as boss for next season.

According to the Metro, Spurs chief Daniel Levy will announce Sherwood's departure within the next few days and will start making a move for current Napoli boss Benitez.

It is reported that Levy sees Benitez as the right man for the job given his extensive experience in England in charge of Liverpool and Chelsea.

Levy would allegedly offer Benitez complete control over transfer policy and money to spend to bring the squad up to Champions League level.

But Benitez could be a tough target at this point after a successful season at Napoli that saw him lift the Coppa Italia and secure third place in Serie A.

The Spanish tactician is already plotting his transfer objectives for the summer and club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is set to provide him with a significant war chest.

De Laurentiis will try and keep hold of Benitez and Spurs would have to spend a small fortune freeing Benitez from his contract in Campania even if he were willing to give up on Napoli.

Benitez has laid the foundations for domestic and European success at Napoli and is unlikely to walk away unless he doesn't believe he can sign ample reinforcements to spearhead a title push.

With Napoli securing a place in the Champions League next season and Spurs having to settle for the Europa League, it would be a lot to ask of Benitez to jump ship.

Earlier in the season there were reports that Qatar's national team were attempting to install Benitez and were willing to make him the richest manager in the game, but nothing ever materialised.

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