An angry phone exchange between Luciano Spalletti and Inter effectively ended Milan’s chances of appointing him, a report claims.
The Rossoneri leaders officially announced the decision to sack Marco Giampaolo on Tuesday after just seven games and 111 days in charge, the shortest reign of any Milan boss ever.
Luciano Spalletti looked to be set to take over having agreed a three-year deal, but then things quickly unravelled as it emerged that his contract situation with Inter was a difficult one to resolve.
The 60-year-old has a deal with the Nerazzurri until 2021 which will see the club pay out €15m to him and his staff over the next two years.
Spalletti’s intention was to try and find some kind of severance package, however his demands were reportedly too high and as such Inter walked away.
According to La Stampa – as cited by MilanNews.it – the Tuscan coach had said yes to the Rossoneri, but first he wanted to receive €5m of the €10m he is still owed by his former club.
Speaking on the phone with director Beppe Marotta, Spalletti apparently shouted: “If Conte makes 12 million, you must give me at least 5.”
Instead, Milan are set to appoint another former Inter boss in Stefano Pioli on a complicated two-year deal.