Inter would not save any money by seeing their former boss Antonio Conte join Tottenham Hotspur, according to a report in the Italian media today.

Corriere dello Sport’s print edition said the Nerazzurri would no longer need to give Conte his €7 million payoff if he joined another club in Serie A.

However, the clause does not apply to Conte going to clubs outside Italy and so Steven Zhang must pay the former Inter boss whatever happens with Tottenham.

Those close to Conte are not convinced he will accept Spurs’s offer anyway, the Rome-based paper claimed, despite the likely appointment of Fabio Paratici as director of football.

Conte parted company with Inter by mutual consent last week after deciding he couldn’t accept Suning’s plans to cut costs and sell one or two key players.

Inter paid Conte half the salary he was due for the final year of his contract anyway, and they won’t get that money back even if he completes a return to the Premier League.