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Exclusive: Marcus Bent says Antonio Conte’s wage demands make Everton deal difficult

Marcus Bent has described Antonio Conte as a potential “Hollywood signing” but reckons his wage demands could prevent him from becoming the next Everton manager.

Conte is currently a free agent following his departure from Inter Milan last month, less than three weeks after guiding the Italian giants to their first Serie A title for 11 seasons but has since held unsuccessful talks with Tottenham.

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He looked set to become Jose Mourinho’s replacement in north London, but the deal collapsed at the very last minute, with the two parties unable to reach an agreement.

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Earlier this month, when Everton were hoping to pursue a deal for ex-Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, Football Insider reported that the Toffees had made an optimistic approach for Conte, although nothing has yet materialised.

Conte has five major league titles on his CV, including the Premier League with Chelsea in 2016-2017, but Bent exclusively told Football FanCast that his financial package is likely to stop any possibility of him becoming Everton boss:

“Speaking to the club, he’s a Hollywood signing, he’d be a massive coup and someone that you would want to get in, but it doesn’t mean he’s going to come in and do the job.

“But you’ve got to think about wages, price-tag that it would cost to bring him to the club, but that’s what they’ve said to me, and if they were to get him it would depend on how much.”

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