Tottenham are in advanced talks to appoint former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca as their new head coach.
As Sky first reported in Italy, the Portuguese are expected to sign a three-year deal, but nothing has yet been agreed between the two parties.
Former Juventus transfer boss Fabio Paratici, who is slated to be announced as Spurs’ new sporting director next week, was involved in the process.
Spurs turned to Fonseca after their plans to appoint Antonio Conte as Jose Mourinho’s replacement collapsed last week after a break in negotiations with the Italian.
The club also tried a year and a half after his dismissal to lure Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino back to north London, but was unsuccessful.
The former head coach of Porto, Braga and Shakhtar Donetsk has been without a role since leaving Roma at the end of the season. Mourinho became his successor at the Stadio Olimpico.
Failed to lead Roma back into the Champions League in his two years as Serie A coach, Fonseca secured fifth place in his first season and seventh this season.
He took Roma to the Europa League semi-finals this year after beating former teams Braga and Shakhtar Donetsk and Ajax, but eventually lost to Manchester United.
The Portuguese has been criticized for failing to score in Serie A crunch games as he has only won four in 24 games against Italy’s top teams since arriving in 2019.
Fonseca won three consecutive doubles between 2016 and 2019 under the direction of Shakhtar Donetsk, a Portuguese Cup with Braga in 2016 and a Portuguese Supercup in 2013 with Porto.
Mourinho and Fonseca could compete for the first Conference League trophy next year after Roma and Spurs qualified seventh in their respective leagues for UEFA’s new club competition.
Analysis: Did Levy just run out of options?
Former Tottenham midfielder Michael Brown told Sky Sports:
“At first I am very shocked because Daniel Levy is targeting Jose Mourinho’s predecessor at Roma of all people. Is he the right choice for a Spurs team that is in transition? It is a difficult situation for anyone entering football enter.” Club in the face of the necessary changes.
“He has experience, played his 600th game as a coach at the age of 48 and won a few titles with Shakhtar Donetsk, but things weren’t so good during his time with Roma. They finished fifth in the league and they would have expected. ” a lot more.
“He took them to the Europa League semi-finals but it came as a bit of a shock. It was reported last week that Antonio Conte was the target, so the question now is if Levy was just running out of options.”
“The fans now understand the pressure on Levy to get a man who delivers trophies. Questions are asked because they want the best and someone who can deliver on those promises.
“Players could still leave the club so it’s a huge summer for Levy and this appointment of someone who doesn’t matter isn’t as attractive as someone with titles under their belt or in the Premier League. What the kind “There will be money to upgrade the squad.
“It’s going to be extremely difficult for whoever takes the job. It’s a talented squad that lacks players in certain positions to take the team to the top of the league. Maybe Spurs isn’t an attractive option at the moment, given that Uncertainty about the star player.
“The new training ground and stadium are impressive, but the fans want the trophies now. If you are not the first choice, it can be difficult for the other players in the dressing room.
“The topic of conversation will be that Fonseca was the man who was replaced by Jose at Roma and the fans will react to that. But Levy and his team have to be respected and will scrutinize every candidate. They have to give him a chance. He has earned. ” his attempt in the Premier League but it doesn’t look good if Mourinho has gone the other way. “