Surprisingly, Roma already gave one of the main blows of the transfer market after announcing the departure of Paulo Fonseca to announce the arrival of José Mourinho as new technical director. After his irregular journey through Tottenham, the experienced Portuguese will return to Serie A, a territory where he won everything that stood in his way during his stay at Inter (between 2008 and 2010 he won two Scudettos, an Italian Cup, an Italian Super Cup and a Champions League League).
Former Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United signed a three-season bond (until June 30, 2024), which will begin in the 2021/22 campaign. “After meeting with the owners and with Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood how high the ambition of this club is. It is the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project in the years to come. The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to take the job and I can't wait to start next season. In the meantime, I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best”, expressed the coach, making it clear that he was seduced by the sports project that was proposed to him.
As revealed by Corriere dello Sport, the idea of "Special One" is to form a team with a 4-2-3-1 as the main scheme, a tactical arrangement that most of the squad know very well since they used it with Luciano Spalletti, Eusebio Di Francesco and at the beginning of the Fonseca era (he reached the semi-finals of the Europa League varying to 3-4-2-1).
Of the current squad, Mou is devoted to Nicolò Zaniolo. The young 21-year-old midfielder will be in optimal physical condition for the start of next season and the Portuguese wanted to hire him on his adventures in England. In defense he will put chips on Lorenzo Pellegrini. Other players he likes are Roger Ibanez, Jordan Veretout, Bryan Cristante and Marash Kumbulla.
The players that José Mourinho will not take into consideration in Roma
Corriere dello Sport, for its part, contributes that while they wait to define what will happen with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Edin Dzeko, those who have the starting gate marked are Juan Jesus, Bruno Peres, Antonio Mirante, Amadou Diawara and the Argentines Federico Fazio and Javier Pastore. The idea of the leadership is to close between 3 and 4 important names to raise the level of the Giallorossi staff. Jorge Mendes, Mourinho's historic agent, could play an important role in bringing some of his footballers closer together.
The players that José Mourinho wants for Roma
One of the points to be reinforced is in the goal, where three names are on point. They are the Portuguese Rui Patricio (his file belongs to Wolverhampton, a club where the manager's representative has strong interference), José Sà and the Argentine Juan Musso, very well present in Udinese (he is also in the sights of Milan in case he does not renew Gianluigi Donnarumma).
Also in his notebook are three old acquaintances from his time at Spurs. Eric Dier, Carlos Vinicius and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Although it is worth clarifying that the case of the Dane would be somewhat complex because Tottenham bought him at the beginning of the current season for 16 million from Southampton at the request of the Portuguese. To complete the roster, an old desire of the coach appears, such as the Austrian midfielder from Leipzig Marcel Sabitzer, and two players with whom he coincided in his time in the Premier League: Nemanja Matić and Juan Mata.
Juan Mata vs Granada, Europa League