Paulo Fonseca has reportedly accepted a two-year contract to become manager at Tottenham and wants to bring Roma players with him.
He is expected to travel to London to close the deal over the weekend, pending a deal on paperwork, according to The Telegraph.
The former Roma boss is reportedly replacing Jose Mourinho, sacked after 17 months at the club in April.
Spurs appear destined for a rebuild this summer, with several players rumored to be leaving for new pastures.
Harry Kane’s departure seems more likely than ever after another season without silverware.
Although eyebrows have risen as Fonseca arrives, President Daniel Levy is hoping he’s the right man for the job.
The new gaffer will seek to bring in some trusted players of his time to the Stadio Olimpico.
According to La Repubblica, the three stars the Portuguese wants to take with him are Gianluca Mancini, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Gonzalo Villar.
The transfer budget can be a big factor in this regard, however, and was one of the main reasons Antonio Conte’s nomination to Tottenham fell through.
Mancini is a highly regarded center-back and Villar a 23-year-old Spain international.
Pellegrini, meanwhile, could be available at a reduced price this summer as he has a £ 30million release clause in his contract, which expires in 2022.
Spurs will have to fight with Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool, also fond of the Italy international.
Levy has a reputation for being reluctant to hand over the money, and it’s still unclear whether Fonseca’s three wishes will be granted.
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