Antonio Conte Takes Further Legal Action Against Chelsea Despite £9m Compensation

Inter manager Antonio Conte is taking further legal action against Chelsea, despite receiving £9m in compensation following a Premier League helmed private manager’s tribunal back in April. 

Conte was awarded that sum when it was ruled that he was entitled to the £9m he was set to earn over the remainder of his contract, having failed to agree on a severance package in the aftermath of his dismissal, which occurred on July 13th, 2018.

Antonio Conte

However, according to a report from the Times, the Italian is not done with his litigation yet, and last Friday he began further proceedings against the club, this time in the form of a statutory claim against the club at an Employment Tribunal, with a preliminary hearing held at Central London Employment Tribunal. 

While the details of the claim are as of yet unknown, these cases often revolved around claims of ‘unfair dismissal or discrimination’. 

Thankfully, while Premier League tribunals are kept under wraps, such proceedings as this are made completely public following their completion. One source told the Times that this could shed some light on the reasons behind this effort, positing that the Italian is likely seeking to embarrass the Blues in a public forum. 

Indeed, this line of thinking is bolstered by the fact that, given the settings, the maximum amount of money he stands to gain from any victory sits at around £60,000, a far cry from the £9m he was given earlier this year.

Conte was absent from last Friday’s hearing, choosing instead to concentrate on the task he has in Milan ahead of the start of the 2019/20 Serie A season. For their part, Chelsea have the right to appeal against any verdict reached by the tribunal.

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Swap Deals: Assessing 6 of the Biggest Player Trades in the History of Football

?Don’t ask why, but for some reason Barcelona are willing to do whatever it takes to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp.

Despite frantic efforts from the Catalans to seal the Brazilian’s return before the European transfer window closes on 31 August, he remains a Paris Saint-Germain player, but there have been no signs of his presence in the French club’s first few matches of the 2019/20 season.

?La Blaugrana and the Parisians have both rejected each other’s proposals for the sale of Neymar, with the latter ?holding out for a swap deal involving Ousmane Dembele and Nelson Semedo, plus €100m.

It seems Ernesto Valverde is unlikely to land his man unless the board agree to a trade that includes some of their finest talent. Should that occur, it would no doubt be the biggest deal of its kind in the history of the sport, though ?Juventus are looking to hijack Barça’s attempts to sign the forward.

Here’s a look at six other high-profile swaps and an assessment of which team came off better in the long run.


Gallas for Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole

Gallas was a good servant for ?Arsenal, but the centre-back was no way near achieving the levels of success enjoyed by Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge following their switch in 2006.

?Chelsea acquired arguably the world’s greatest left-back for the modest price of £5m and a defender who was threatening to score own-goals; it should be pretty easy to see which club got the worse end of the stick here.

Cole was an integral part of a side that won four FA Cups, the 2013 Europa League, one League Cup and a ?Champions League title, whilst also ending ?Manchester United’s run of three successive top-flight triumphs. 

In comparison, Gallas’ finest achievement in north London was finishing third…

Winner: Chelsea


Fabian Carini for Fabio Cannavaro

Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro (C) cel

Fabian Carini spent his time at Juventus as understudy to Gianluigi Buffon, the Uruguayan failing to make an appearance for the Bianconeri in ?Serie A before being shipped out on loan to Standard Liege for two years.

Nevertheless, Inter viewed him as equal in value to Fabio Cannavaro, the Nerazzurri nonchalantly agreeing to a trade. The latter went on to play in all bar two of Juve’s league fixtures in the two seasons that followed, with the club collecting the Scudetto in both.

The Calciopoli scandal saw the Old Lady stripped of both titles and relegated to Serie B – Cannavaro deciding to leave as a result – but that wouldn’t stop Cannavaro captaining Italy to victory at the 2006 World Cup.

Winner: Juventus


Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Samuel Eto’o

Inter Milan's Cameroonian forward Samuel

There can be zero doubts that Inter were the main beneficiaries of this controversial transfer in 2009 after they sent Barcelona tumbling out of the Champions League in Samuel Eto’o’s first campaign at the San Siro.

The Cameroonian didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet in either leg of their semi final encounter, but that is also true of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Fortunately for Eto’o, he ended the season as ruler of Europe, while the Swede ended it in a fit of rage.

Zlatan was unable to cope with the Lionel Messi love-in at the Nou Camp – as well as Pep Guardiola’s infamous intensity – and left Catalonia after just 13 months. It’s ludicrous that Barcelona let go of a first-rate finisher and £59m for a year of tantrums and poor form from Ibrahimovic.

Winner: Inter


David Luiz for Nemanja Matic

David Luiz,Nemanja Matic

On the face of it, this was terrible business from Roman Abramovich. He forked out £20m to bring in David Luiz during the winter of 2011, with Nemanja Matic also joining Benfica to sweeten the deal.

Then again, Luiz was in the starting lineup for what remains the Blues’ finest hour: their penalty-shootout victory over ?Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final. The defender was likewise selected to play against – of all teams – Benfica as they won the Europa League the following season.

So, it seems the Portuguese outfit fared better in terms of financial rewards, whilst Chelsea enjoyed on-field glory. They both have reasons to be cheerful!

Winner: Everyone


Ricardo Quaresma for Deco

Deco

Ricardo Quaresma is the king of flattering to deceive. A virtuoso talent who never fulfilled his potential, the forward will likely look back on his career and wonder what could have been.

Eager to be rid of him after a number of altercations, Barça coach Frank Rijkaard must have been counting his lucky starts when Porto bid €15m and the highly-rated Deco to bring him to the Estádio do Dragão in 2004.

During Quaresma’s troublesome time in Spain, his counterpart was busy earning himself a continental crown with Jose Mourinho. Deco would earn another Champions League medal with La Blaugrana, amongst numerous other honours. 

The less said about his countryman’s career back in Portugal, the better.

Winner: Barcelona


Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Alexis Sanchez

Henrikh Mkhitaryan,Alexis Sanchez

In the words of President Donald J. Trump: this has been the worst trade deal in the history of trade deals, maybe ever.

Alexis Sanchez rakes in at least £350,000-a-week at Old Trafford, though that figure is normally bolstered by a further £150,000 in add-ons. What does he do to command such an astronomical wage? I…um…I don’t actually know.

The Chilean has an absolutely dire strike-rate of one goal every nine matches for United, a ratio that is eclipsed by make-weight Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who scores once in every six. More to the point, the Armenian actually tries, something which cannot really be said of Sanchez.

It’s a tragedy and a comedy wrapped into one big tale of decline, disgrace and dumb dealings. The Red Devils tried so desperately to get one up on neighbours ?Manchester City and they’ve only succeeded in making themselves a laughing stock.

Loser: Manchester United


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5 Players Who Have Been Basically Impossible to Sell This Summer

?There’s been transfer sagas galore this summer, but not all of them have ended in success. For every Harry Maguire, Tanguy Ndombele or Antoine Griezmann there has been a litany of players that have been nigh-on impossible for clubs to sell.

Their wage demands could be astronomical, they might not fancy relocating or to put it plainly, they just might not be good enough to attract interest from anyone else.

Whatever reasons lie behind a club’s inability to sell, there’s been plenty of examples of players who have been painfully difficult to move on this summer.


Mesut Ozil 

Mesut Ozil

?It seems that every transfer rumour linking a player with Arsenal this summer has been suffixed with a disclaimer, stating that: “the move is unlikely due to the draining effect of Mesut Ozil’s wages on the club’s transfer budget” – or something similar. 

I do feel some sympathy for ?Ozil in this regard. He simply accepted a very good deal, and Arsenal fans were certainly not complaining at the time. 

However, the cost of keeping the German international at the club, combined with some gutless performances, has now almost universally convinced the supporters, and even his manager Unai Emery, that the midfielder needs to be moved on.

Despite this, Ozil has proved to be impossible to shift. Links to ?various Turkish clubs, as well as a ?possible move to D.C United, have never been close to being realised and with his contract running until 2021, the World Cup winner could stick around in north London for a long time yet.


Gareth Bale

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?As soon as Zinedine Zidane reemerged at the Santiago Bernabéu, Gareth Bale must have known his days were numbered. 

The 30-year-old’s agent summed up the pair’s relationship perfectly in July, stating: “It’s simple: Zidane doesn’t like Gareth. There is no relationship between them, there never has been.”

Manchester United, Liverpool and a host of other top European clubs were linked with a move for Bale, but his astronomical wages seemed to put a lot of them off…for obvious reasons. 

He hoped to have found footballing salvation, in the form of mega-rich Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning, however even this move ?would eventually break down, due to ?Real Madrid’s insistence that they pay a transfer fee for the Welshman. Bale simply cannot catch a break.


Shkodran Mustafi

Shkodran Mustafi

?Arsenal fans dislike for Shkodran Mustafi borders on the ridiculous. According to some Gunners’ supporters, the error-prone German is responsible for global warming, rush hour traffic and a everything bad that’s ever happened to them. 

Unai Emery is also not the centre-back’s biggest admirer, with it recently emerging that he has tried to sell the German in ?each of his three transfer windows as Arsenal manager so far.

The trend of Emery failing in his attempts to move Mustafi on look set to continue this summer, with speculation linking him to Monaco and Valencia going quiet of late. 

Emery’s only hope is that Roma proceed with a loan move for the defender, but with a deal that runs until 2021, there’s nothing stopping Mustafi returning after the loan move is up. Oh, the horror!


Adrien Silva

Adrien Silva

?One that may have slipped under your radar this summer is ?Leicester City’s struggles to get Adrien Silva off of their wage bill. Signed to much fanfare in January 2018, after paperwork for a move the previous summer was submitted 14 seconds late, Silva has achieved very little since arriving in the east Midlands.

Struggling to break into the first team, he spent the second half of last season on loan at Monaco, in a deal that brought Youri Tielemans to the King Power Stadium. 

When Tielemans signed permanently in the summer, it was assumed to Silva would be the likely replacement for him at the Stade Louis II. However, the deal panned out. 

Brendan Rodgers recently came out publicly encouraging Silva to leave, but even this has failed to stir up much interest in the Portuguese international. The midfielder’s first team prospects are likely to be limited this season and he will be hoping that speculation linking him with a move to Rennes or ?AC Milan has some substance.


Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi

?Since arriving at the club, Antonio Conte has made it very, very clear that Mauro Icardi is not part of his plans. An infamously disruptive personality in the dressing room, the striker would no doubt respond negatively to Conte’s regimented training regime. 

This? transfer saga has been rumbling for all summer long and, much to his manager’s dismay, the likelihood of the Argentine staying at San Siro is increasing by the day.

?Juventus, ?Napoli, Roma and Monaco have all been linked with a move for Icardi in recent times, but his final destination remains a mystery. 

If he does end of staying at ?Inter, Conte will surely try and heal the rift between the club and Icardi, as attackers of his ability are not abundant commodities in football. 


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Mauro Icardi: The Contenders to Sign Him & Where He Might End Up

?Ever since Antonio Conte arrived at Inter, it has been abundantly clear that Mauro Icardi has no future at the club.

However, as we often see with deals of this magnitude, signing him is easier said than done. With the delay in negotiations, a number of sides have been given the chance to involve themselves, since strikers of Icardi’s pedigree don’t hit the market all too often.

So, when all is said and done, where will he end up? Let’s take a look.


Inter

Mauro Icardi

Could ?Icardi actually remain with ?Inter? 

It seems like that’s what the Argentine actually wants to do. He took to ?Instagram to reveal that he is currently in the process of building a new house in Milan, describing the city as ‘home’. Does that seem like the move of a man who plans on leaving?

Unfortunately for Icardi, it looks like Conte wants rid of him as soon as possible. Once you cross the boss, there’s not usually any coming back.

Likelihood rating: 1/10


AC Milan

UC Sampdoria v Juventus - Serie A

If remaining in Milan is key for Icardi, then a move to cross-town rivals ?AC Milan might be the only option.

A recent report from ?Il Giornale suggests that the Rossoneri are ready to take advantage of his wish to remain in the city by trying to strike a deal for Icardi. However, a deal would certainly not be easy.

Firstly, Icardi would have to be prepared to deal with the fan uproar if he made the move, and Inter would have to be willing to strengthen their fiercest rival. Don’t say never, but surely this would have to be the last resort for Inter.

Likelihood rating: 3/10


Monaco

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With Icardi’s future up in the air, Monaco were touted as a potential landing spot for the controversial Argentine.

The Ligue 1 side are looking to bounce back from an utterly shambolic season, and a move for Icardi would certainly help their cause. Unfortunately, his wife and agent, Wanda Nara, recently insisted that ?Icardi won’t be going to Monaco. Well then.

It seems Monaco know that, because they have brought in ?Leicester City’s Islam Slimani on loan. A move for Icardi could still resurface if the right offer arrives, but Monaco fans shouldn’t get their hopes up.

Likelihood rating: 3/10


Roma

Gianluca Mancini

Now we’re onto the serious contenders. With fears that 33-year-old Edin Dzeko can’t go on forever, it is thought that Roma are incredibly keen on recruiting Icardi.

They may have tied Dzeko down to a new contract, but that doesn’t mean their pursuit is over. Roma have been trying to thrash out a deal all summer, but Inter’s asking price is thought to have proven problematic.

As the window nears its end, Inter may be forced to accept a lower bid for their striker, but that’s only if another side doesn’t come in with an acceptable offer beforehand.

Likelihood rating: 6/10?


Napoli

Carlo Ancelotti

?Like Roma, ?Napoli are incredibly keen on Icardi, who has proven to be one of the ?Serie A’s most reliable marksman. In their pursuit of the Scudetto, someone like him could be the missing link.

It seems like club president Aurelio De Laurentiis is well aware of that and is prepared to spend big on Icardi to partner him with ?Dries Mertens in attack – not least because it would stop Icardi from joining ?Juventus.

Unfortunately for Napoli, it looks like Icardi has his heart set on a move to Turin. However, if an offer from Juventus doesn’t arrive, the Partenopei would likely be in pole position.

Likelihood rating: 7/10


Juventus

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It’s no secret that Icardi is keen on moving to the league champions, and the feeling appears mutual as Juventus have long been interested in acquiring the Argentine. Those two factors make the Allianz Stadium a likely destination for Icardi.

Having missed out on ?Lukaku, who took Icardi’s place at Inter, the 26-year-old looks to be their only real option, and Juventus don’t often take no for an answer when it comes to transfers.

The only thing which might scupper this move is Inter’s insistence that Icardi will never play for Juventus. There’s even talk of an ‘?anti-Juventus alliance’ being formed by a number of Serie A sides to prevent that from happening, but Inter may ultimately have no choice but to do business with Italy’s dominant force.

Likelihood rating: 9/10 


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Alexis Sanchez’s Inter Earnings Revealed as Man Utd Prepare to Subsidise Huge Wages

Inter are expected to pay Alexis Sanchez just €4m during his soon-to-be confirmed loan spell, with Manchester United set to subsidise the majority of his earnings.

A switch to the Nerazzurri looks a near certainty after Sanchez was left out of United’s squad to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confessing after the game that ?the Chilean could be on his way out.

Alexis Sanchez

?His extraordinary wages at ?United were thought to be a huge problem for ?Inter so, according to ?Alfredo Pedulla, the Red Devils have agreed to pay €8m of the €12m ?Sanchez will be owed between September and the end of the season.

Inter will not be asked to pay any loan fee and will only need to pay €4m in wages, but Pedulla claims United accepted that because the ?Serie A side want to sign Sanchez permanently at the end of the season for between €12m and €15m.

Should they choose to do so, Inter would be prepared to offer Sanchez a base salary of €4m, which could rise to €6.5m based on performance-related bonuses.

That’s a significant reduction on the €14m-a-year Sanchez earns at Old Trafford, but it is a clear indication of his desire to bring his United nightmare to an end.

The Serie A side are now simply waiting for United to give the move the green light, which is not expected to take much longer, so Sanchez could arrive in Milan as early as Tuesday night to finalise the move.

Should he make the expected switch to Italy, it would bring an end to Sanchez’s torrid time in Manchester. 

Alexis Sanchez

Since making the switch from ?Arsenal back in 2018, the Chilean has managed just five goals in 45 appearances. He has looked nothing like the winger who starred for Arsenal before the move, and his huge wages have often left fans expecting far more from him.

With Solskjaer putting his faith in the likes of ?Anthony Martial, Daniel James and ?Marcus Rashford, it appears that there is no place for Sanchez at Old Trafford anymore, so the Chilean will soon join up with former United teammate ?Romelu Lukaku in Italy.

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