It’s one of the biggest talking points in Italian football. Inter Milan are busy plotting an ambitious new project for next season but the big question mark is who will be in charge of the team.
According to Todomercadoweb, Walter Sabatini, who was recently appointed Director of Sport, has included Luis Enrique in his list of candidates as a replacement for Stefano Pioli who was sacked few days ago. Sabatini is reported to be keen to contact the Barcelona coach and open talks as soon as possible.
Inter will have their work cut out in trying to persuade Luis Enrique from changing his plans and taking the coaching position.
The Asturian has stated that his idea is to take a year’s sabbatical after he steps down from the Barcelona job at the end of the season.
Inter directors are confident they can coax Luis Enrique back to Italy but the rumour mill also has Chelsea’s Antonio Conte on Inter’s plans but that may prove equally as difficult.
Inter are also looking at other options with some reports claiming they are ready to offer Mauricio Pochettino double his current Tottenham Hotspur wages.
Gazzetta dello Sport says PSG boss Unai Emery is also under consideration. Inter have made contact with the Spaniard’s minders to register their interest and test the ground ahead of making a formal approach to PSG.
Stefano Pioli, who replaced Frank de Boer in November on an 18-month deal, has paid for Inter’s poor recent form which has seen the Nerazzurri pick up just two points during their winless run.
Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at relegation-battling Genoa left Inter in seventh place in Serie A, nine points adrift of fifth-placed Atalanta, and proved the final straw for the club’s board.
Inter confirmed that youth team coach Stefano Vecchi would take charge for the club’s final three games of the season, against Sassuolo, Lazio and Udinese.
Vecchi also took interim charge of Inter for two games following De Boer’s departure, before the club appointed former Lazio boss Pioli.
The 51-year-old Pioli had been under increasing pressure in recent weeks and reportedly offered to resign following the team’s 5-4 defeat to Fiorentina last month.
Inter, who received heavy investment from the club’s new Chinese owners last summer, gave Pioli their full backing following that match but subsequent defeats to Napoli and Genoa has resulted in a change of direction.