The transfer window is now open for business and Tottenham fans are desperate for new faces to walk in the door after such a bad campaign for 2020/21.
José Mourinho strengthened his team with seven new players, but it wasn’t enough to stop him from losing his job in April after a dismal series of results.
Now with Fabio Paratici appointed as managing director of football and with Paulo Fonseca set to succeed Mourinho at the hotseat, fans may not have to wait much longer for tickets to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
As coaches like to bring players they are familiar with, could Fonseca revisit the former Roma club, which now has Mourinho at the helm, for some of the stars he has commanded in his two seasons at the Olympic Stadium?
football.london takes a look at four players that fit well in tottenham in key positions, they need to strengthen.
Tottenham certainly need a little more quality when it comes to the offensive midfield role.
The club simply did not replace Christian Eriksen after his move to Inter Milan in January 2020 and both Fonseca and Paratici could look to strengthen themselves there before the transfer deadline.
While Harry Kane took on a more creative role last season, as well as his responsibilities in front of goal, the Spurs need to lighten the load on their shoulders.
Pellegrini would certainly be a great choice to sign, having scored 11 goals and nine assists in 47 games in all competitions for Roma in 2020/21.
Able to play at No.10 or a little further in midfield, the Italian is a quality player, but Roma would like a lot of money for his services if he were allowed out.
Also recording three goals and 13 assists in his first season under Fonseca in the Italian capital, the 24-year-old’s numbers under the coach have been quite good and he would certainly fit in well with Tottenham.
Zaniolo has been linked to a transfer to Tottenham in the past after drawing attention to Roma in Serie A.
Not playing for Giallorossi last season due to a serious knee injury, the attacking midfielder was given the green light last month to resume training with his teammates.
The 21-year-old, who can also operate on the wing, will now look forward to a great 2021/22 season as he tries to regain his top form after a bit of bad luck last year.
Spurs have plenty of options in attacking areas, but a little more quality wouldn’t hurt.
One area that Tottenham should strengthen before next season is the defender.
The Lilywhites have had several issues there over the past 12 months and they must be resolved in the transfer window or they risk falling further behind their rivals.
One of Fonseca’s first signings from Rome, Mancini has built quite a reputation at the Stadio Olimpico since leaving Atalanta in July 2019.
With 41 appearances in all competitions for the Serie A team last season, the 25-year-old, who is also capable of playing at right-back, managed to score five goals and two assists to his name despite being a defender.
Lopez knows all about Tottenham spending time on loan at the club during the 2016/17 season.
The Spaniard did not appear for the Lilywhites during the year in North London, but he gained a lot of experience working alongside Hugo Lloris.
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Standing out at Espanyol following his return to the club before joining Real Betis in 2018, the 26-year-old has made 76 appearances in the last two seasons for Roma, but has been linked with a change after talking about the departure of Rui Patricio from Wolves.
With Mourinho and Roma being considered to be getting stronger between the sticks, this could open the door for Lopez to head elsewhere.
An area that Tottenham must face at some point, with Lloris not getting any younger, a return from Tottenham to Lopez could work for the second time, if he eventually becomes No. 1 or is just signed as a reserve option.