Inter Milan and Antonio Conte's fairy tale came to an end just a few days after the Neroazzurri lifted the Serie A trophy for the first time in eleven years. The Italian boss has done a remarkable job leading the club back to the top, finishing with Juventus' kingdom in domestic soccer, but his ambitious ideas for the next season differed from that of the board's.
The Italian champions aren't going through a good financial situation, as they need to sell for about $100 million this summer, according to reports. However, Conte intended not only to keep his best players but to strengthen the squad with a couple of signings as well, which seems impossible for the club right now.
In just a matter of days, the two parties have reached an agreement to end the manager's contract as he wasn't willing to stay and see his important players being sold. With Conte already out, Inter have to think about his replacement, which might be one of these three candidates.
Former Inter's archrivals AC Milan and Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri has been off the pitch for a long time since he left the Old Lady at the end of the 2018/19 campaign. The 53-year-old, however, is expected to return to the job soon.
While he is on Real Madrid's radar in case Zinedine Zidane steps out, the six-time Serie A winner could be a good option for the vacancy at Inter Milan, as he already managed the two other Italian giants with success. If Zizou stays with Madrid, Inter might become the frontrunner to sign him.
Current Lazio boss is one of the most promising managers in the Italian top-flight, as he only has 45 years of age and has had an amazing rise from Le Aquile's youth teams to the senior squad. His contract is set to expire in June, turning him into a very plausible candidate to take the helm in San Siro.
He led Lazio to a great top-four finish last year that saw them play Champions League soccer, but he couldn't repeat such feat in the 2020/21 term, as his side sat sixth. After about four years in Rome, he might be ready to chase a new challenge in his career.
The 62-year-old manager's situation is similar to that of Allegri, whom he replaced in Juventus. That club has been the latest in Maurizio Sarri's career since he got sacked after only one season despite winning the 2019/20 Serie A title.
Famous for the so-called 'Sarri-ball', the Italian manager won't lack in offers - and probably has received many already - but Inter's job could fit him very well. Getting a new opportunity with an important club in his country might be more than enough to see former Napoli and Chelsea coach back on a soccer field.