Ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and Luka Modric wanted in shock Inter Milan swoop

Corriere Dello Sport understand the transfer master has been given a mandate to overhaul the club less than a month after leaving Juventus.

The 61-year-old is credited with turning around Juventus' fortunes with a number of low-cost signings including Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba.

Inter are hoping Marotta can continue that success after fending off interest from a number of sides to secure his services.

The club are currently third in Serie A but a failure to qualify for the last-16 of the Champions League has swelled the scrutiny on manager Luciano Spalletti.

Marotta will assess the progress made by the Italian coach at the end of the season but if he decides a change is necessary former Chelsea boss Conte is the number one choice to take over.

Conte has been out of work since being dismissed by Chelsea in the summer but plans to return to management in time for the start of next season – having turned down a move to Real Madrid.

He won the Premier League and FA Cup in his two seasons in England but was deemed surplus to requirements by owner Roman Abramovich.

While working alongside Marotta at Juve, Conte won three Serie A titles in as many seasons and has a good reputation in his homeland, despite only guiding Italy to the last eight at Euro 2016.

Regardless of whether a move for Conte proves successful, Inter are expected to reignite their interest in Ballon d'Or winner Modric.

The deep-lying playmaker won the Golden Ball as Croatia reached their first World Cup final in the summer, and was named the world footballer of the year earlier this month ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real reported Inter to Fifa for an alleged illegal approach for Modric and though the Nerazzurri escaped punishment they have not been put off.

Modric has 18 months left on his contract at the Bernabeu and is keen on a move to Italy.

President Florentino Perez wants to extend the ex-Tottenham midfielder's contract by another 12 months and if he is successful in doing so then Inter are likely to look at other options.

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