One more hurdle to overcome as Tottenham target agrees to take over as new manager
Tottenham finally look set to end their hunt for a new manager, with Paulo Fonseca reportedly agreeing a two-year deal to take over in north London.
Spurs have been on the hunt for Jose Mourinho’s successor over the past two months, with the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Hans Dieter Flick and Julian Nagelsmann all turning the club down. Former Inter boss Antonio Conte was also a major contender before Daniel Levy abandoned talks with the Italian.
Tottenham have since switched their focus to former Roma chief Fonseca, who is the top choice of incoming sporting director Fabio Paratici.
And the Daily Telegraph reports that the 48-year-old has agreed in principle to a two-year deal to take the job. There is also the option of an additional year.
The report adds that Spurs will look to get the deal wrapped up before the formal presentation of Paratici in his new role. The Italian held a similar position at Juventus, where he had great success.
All that now remains is for the paperwork to be signed, although Levy is currently understood to be in the Bahamas with main shareholder Joe Lewis.
Fonseca guided Roma to the Europa League semi-finals last season before they succumbed to Manchester United. In an ironic twist, he has been replaced by former Tottenham chief Mourinho in the Italian capital.
The Portuguese has a track record of developing younger players, while Roma were also an entertaining watch under his charge.
Fonseca was also said to be a candidate for the Tottenham job before Mauricio Pochettino was appointed in 2014.
He is in a similar mould to the now PSG boss and speaks more than capable English, so that won’t present an issue.
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Allegri wants Kane at Juve
Meanwhile, Massimiliano Allegri has reportedly told Juventus chiefs to buy him a new centre-forward this summer, with wantaway Tottenham striker Harry Kane on their shortlist.
Allegri is set to undergo a major revamp to his squad after joining up with Juve for his second stint in charge. The Italian has taken over from Andrea Pirlo in Turin after the latter was sacked following one season in charge. Reigning champions Juventus finished fourth in the table, 13 points behind winners Inter Milan.
Cristiano Ronaldo is being strongly tipped to move on, with a return to Manchester United one option. Striker Paulo Dybala and and injury-plagued midfielder Aaron Ramsey could also move on.
With Ronaldo and Dybala seemingly on their way, Allegri wants to bolster his forward line with a marquee signing upfront.
And according to Calciomercato, Juve have made more than one approach for Kane – who is looking to leave Spurs this summer.
The England skipper has revealed his desire to move on after another trophyless campaign in north London.
However, the report adds that Juve have so far found their chase for Kane a difficult one.
Levy playing hardball over Kane exit
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is said to have slapped a £130million price tag on his talisman. The 27-year-old also wants a salary worth around £10m-a-year.
Levy is determined to keep the club’s prized asset, that is despite Kane wanting to join a Champions League club.
The mammoth salary demands are not thought to be a huge issue for Juventus. They can free up funds when Ronaldo leaves.
However, the asking price for the forward remains a problem. That leaves Man Utd and Man City in the driving seat to get a deal done.
But any potential deal is unlikely to happen until after the Euros, with Kane leading England’s quest for glory.
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