Luciano Spalletti is dreaming of a chance in the Premier League amid speculation that Newcastle United could turn to the former Inter Milan, Roma and Zenit St Petersburg boss, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Things are never simple at St James’ Park.
Another week has gone by and Mike Ashley still has the Magpies in his vice-like grip, with the much-discussed Mohammed Bin Salman takeover yet to be ratified. Until Newcastle are flush with Saudi Arabian cash, those links with Arturo Vidal, Mauricio Pochettino, Max Allegri and Philippe Coutinho are unlikely to come to anything.
It does feel, however, that the North East giants are still planning for life after Steve Bruce, with the experienced tactician likely to be the first casualty of a bright new era.
The Geordie gaffer has done a, let’s say, acceptable job in testing circumstances. But it seems that Newcastle’s prospective new owners have earmarked a new, big-name coach as a top priority.
Spalletti might not have the stature or the reputation of a Pochettino, an Allegri or a Rafa Benitez but, according to Calciomercato, the out-of-work 61-year-old is indeed under consideration on Tyneside.
It is surely no coincidence that Spalletti has chosen this as the ideal time to test himself in England for the first time in his storied managerial career. Gazzetta dello Sport claims that the outspoken Italian is even willing to terminate the final year of his £4 million deal at Inter Milan as he eyes a fresh start on British shores.
Spalletti was replaced by Antonio Conte at the San Siro 12 months ago but remains on gardening leave. However, after a year out of the game, he is itching to get back into the dugout.