2. Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte might seem like a long shot for the Catalans, given their financial situation, however, Barcelona still have elite status and any manager in the world would be honoured to work for the club. Conte is a brilliant manager and he brings success to wherever he goes. He was the one who started the Juventus dominance in Italy and nine years later, he ended the dominance with Inter Milan. He also had a good period with Chelsea in the middle where he managed to win one Premier League title and one FA Cup. He also has numerous titles in Serie A.
Conte is a very energetic and enigmatic manager who loves his work. He wholeheartedly believes that the club will perform well if everyone on the team is willing to give full effort. His playstyle, however, is a bit different from Barca’s normal playing style. Should the Italian come to the Catalan club, the team will probably have to change to a 3-5-2 formation. This could actually work out for the Spanish team since they do have two amazing wing-backs, Dest and Jordi Alba. On top of that, Ronald Araujo, Oscar Mingueza, and Gerard Pique are more than capable of manning the defense.
The main problem with the manager will be the lack of funds. Not only will Barcelona have to pay a lot to the superstar manager, but they will also have to provide him with players of his choice once he has been appointed. Conte has never shown his ability to work with youth talents but he has managed to change teams that can give him a good budget. One of the main reasons why he left Inter was due to the lack of budget being offered to him and it is highly unlikely that Barca can offer him any better. However, Conte will still have some brilliant youngsters to work with and in the world of football you can never rule out anything before it has been finalized.