Tottenham remain in talks with Antonio Conte over becoming their new manager, talkSPORT has been told.
And the first item on the incoming coach’s agenda will be the future of Harry Kane, amid links with possible transfers to Manchester United and Premier League champions Man City.
Spurs look to have found their permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked after a 17-month spell in April.
Conte has been locked in talks with the north London club’s hierarchy, and top Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano claims a decision over the Serie A and Premier League title-winning boss’ future could be made in the next 48 hours.
He told Jim White on talkSPORT: “The situation is ongoing because Antonio Conte, his representatives and the Tottenham board are discussing about the contract, the salary, the project, the staff.
“He wants to bring his members with him, that is key for him. They did an amazing job at Inter so that’s why it’s so important for Antonio Conte to have his staff with him.
“At the moment, there is no total agreement. Let’s see what happens in the next 48 hours because he wants to continue to discuss with Tottenham and decide with his family about their future in London.
“Tottenham and Conte are still negotiating.
“I wouldn’t say there are problems, but they need to decide together. When you have a manager like Antonio Conte, who is one of the best five in the world, he’s a serial winner, if you want to go with him you have to go 100 per cent with a serious project.
“You have to be on the same page when talking about the owner, the board and the manager.
“It’s so important to have a project, when you want to win, how many signings you want to make, he needs to be 100 per cent together with the board.”
Conte has won league titles in England and Italy with Chelsea, Juventus and most recently Inter Milan in a hugely successful managerial career.
The Italian coach left Inter last week after falling out with club chiefs over transfers.
And, while there have been fears over his prickly attitude – with talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan saying it would be ‘a match made in hell’ – Romano insists a relationship between Conte and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would work well.
He added: “Conte needs to have some power about the new signings. So they need to discuss the transfer market. He wants to be involved in the club and he doesn’t want to be just the manager.
“The second thing is to always be connected with the owner. We know Daniel Levy is always working for Tottenham.
“I’ve seen comments saying Daniel Levy and Conte together would be terrible – I don’t agree.
“They are perfect because Daniel Levy is always focused on Tottenham and Antonio Conte wants that kind of owner.
“The main issue is about how much they can spend in the transfer market because it’s obvious that the gap is big to Manchester City.”
Romano believes Conte’s first priority – if he becomes Tottenham boss – will be convincing the club’s talisman Kane to stay.
The England captain, who is valued at around £120million, has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Man City this summer.
Romano said: “Antonio Conte is an amazing manager and is in direct contact with his players.
“I’m 100 per cent sure that if Antonio Conte becomes the new manager of Tottenham, the first thing he’ll do is talk with Harry Kane.
“He’d speak to him about the project and would try to keep Harry Kane because he loves this kind of striker.
“He did an incredible job with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez at Inter. Antonio is fantastic with strikers.”