Chelsea: Italian Giant Looks To Lure Antonio Conte From Stamford Bridge

Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, London, February 4. Conte joined Chelsea in the summer of 2016, and has guided the club to the top of the Premier League. Clive Rose/Getty

Inter Milan is looking to offer Antonio Conte a £350 million ($436 million) transfer kitty to leave Chelsea at the end of the season, according to reports.

Conte, who arrived at Stamford Bridge as manager last summer, has guided Chelsea to the top of the Premier League and, after beating Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday, taken the club nine points clear of second place.

But, according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Inter's Chinese owners want to offer the Italian a £250,000-a-week (about $311,000) contract, plus the opportunity to spend big in the transfer window.

Conte spent eight years coaching in Italy, which included three Serie A titles with Juventus, before managing the Italian national side to the quarter-final of Euro 2016.

But Conte's focus, at the moment, is on guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first year at the club.

Despite victory on Saturday and the widening gap between first and second, Conte insisted the title race was still wide open.

"There are 14 games to play and 42 points to take," he said.

"The league is not finished today. We must continue to work very hard if we want to realize a dream."

Chelsea travels to Burnley on Sunday in its next Premier League match.