Antonio Conte takes Chelsea to court again as Inter Milan struggle to sign Man United’s Alexis Sanchez

Antonio Conte vs Chelsea, part II

Chelsea have been dragged into court once against by former manager Antonio Conte.

That’s been confirmed by the Times on Thursday, who have revealed that Conte is the “claimant in a preliminary hearing held at the Central London Employment Tribunal”, which began last Friday.

This is the second time that Conte has gone to war with Chelsea since his sacking last summer.

What happened in Conte’s first court case vs Chelsea?

Back in May, Conte won 9 million pounds in his first legal victory against the Blues.

The Italian was sacked by Chelsea with 12 months remaining on his contract.

However, due to the timing of his dismissal, and a failure to agree a severance package, Conte argued that Chelsea owed him full payment for the final year of his Chelsea contract.

The court agreed.

What’s the basis of Conte’s new case against Chelsea?

That’s unclear. The Times simply report the following:

The Inter Milan manager has brought a statutory claim at an Employment Tribunal against Chelsea, with a verdict expected next month.

While details of Conte’s claim are unclear such cases usually involve accusations of unfair dismissal or discrimination.

What is Conte hoping to achieve by this legal action vs Chelsea?

Well, it’s not financial gain.

The Times confirm that the highest payout which can be awarded for winning a case of unfair dismissal at employment tribunals is £60,000.

However, the paper believe that Conte may have an ulterior motive: to shame Chelsea in public.

Unlike the Premier League tribunal the findings of the Employment Tribunal will be made public, which could provide an insight into Conte’s motivation.

One legal source told The Times that Conte may be seeking to embarrass Chelsea as details of the proceedings will eventually be publicised, either out of spite following the collapse of his relationship with the club or to ensure the compensation payment is settled promptly.

Inter Milan & Man United’s Alexis Sanchez

Conte is now back in football management.

The Italian is the new manager at Inter Milan, and Conte is busy in the final days of the Serie A transfer window.

Having signed Romelu Lukaku from Man United in a permanent deal, Inter are now trying to sign Alexis Sanchez, too.

The BBC, though, today report that Inter still have financial problems regarding Sanchez:

Manchester United and Inter Milan are yet to reach an agreement over a deal for forward Alexis Sanchez.

30-year-old Sanchez’s £390,000-a-week salary is proving to be problematic as Inter are only prepared to pay less than half of the amount.

United view this offer as unacceptable, while Sanchez himself wants to leave.

Also see: Romelu Lukaku suggests he was one of three scapegoats at Man United.

Robin van Persie speculates on Alexis Sanchez’s Man United nightmare.