Paulo Fonseca could bring three Roma players with him to Tottenham as he plots transfer raid on old club
PAULO FONSECA could reportedly bring three Roma players with him to Tottenham Hotspur this summer, if appointed by the North Londoners.
The Portuguese has this week emerged as a leading candidate to replace his compatriot Jose Mourinho at Spurs.
Tottenham acknowledge that they are in serious need of a refresh this summer.
And Fonseca could call upon trusted lieutenants.
According to La Repubblica, there are three Roma stars that he has a 'genuine passion for'.
One of them is defender Gianluca Mancini.
The Italian initially joined Roma on loan during the summer that Fonseca arrived from Shakhtar.
And in their two seasons together, Mancini became integral to the playing out from the back that Fonseca demanded in Rome.
In total Mancini, 25, has made 82 appearances for Roma, while winning six caps for the Azzurri.
Fonseca is also a huge fan of creative midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini.
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The 24-year-old joined Roma in 2017, and added more goals to his game last season.
Pellegrini scored 11 times in all competitions, and has also won 17 Italy caps to date.
The third player Fonseca could target is Spanish midfielder Gonzalo Villar.
Having arrived from Elche last year, the 23-year-old made a superb impact at the heart of the team – even earning his first Spain cap this week.
La Repubblica's report admits, however, that it will be difficult for Tottenham to prise any of these three players from their current home.
New sporting director Fabio Paratici is officially expected to take the reigns next week, but has already started planning Tottenham's moves for what is set to be a crucial summer.
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