Jose Mourinho ‘repeat’ Tottenham transfer at Roma in second summer attempt

The current Roma boss is expected to return to north London in hopes of raiding his former club to sign a midfielder he once described as a “genius” during his time at Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur could be prepared to lose current midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this summer Series A side Roma remain keen to secure his services after a failed attempt to lure the player to the club last summer.

Current manager Jose Mourinho tried to bring the Denmark international to Italy last year and will try to secure another deal at the end of the current season, having already signed him for Spurs southampton in August 2020.

This is evident from the print output of Gazetta Dello Sport (Page 22, March 25), who also claim that Spurs could be ready to let him go if their assessment of the player is correct.

Hojbjerg featured in every single one of Tottenham is 38 First League games under Mourinho last season and the Portuguese coach has often been full of praise for the Dane, who became his first signing at the club.

However, the 26-year-old’s form has faltered at times this season as he has struggled for consistency, but he has still managed 39 appearances in all competitions and has seen an improvement in performance in recent weeks.

With Oliver Skipp’s injury keeping him out of the squad, Hojbjerg has enjoyed quite a successful spell in which he has bonded well with Rodrigo Bentancur, signed for the January transfer window, with the two under Antonio Conte in a midfield two played next to each other.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 12: Manchester United’s Fred in action with Tottenham Hotspur’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on March 12, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Tom Purslow/Manchester United via Getty Images)

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But there are doubts about the former Bayern Munich man’s involvement with the side once Skipp returns from injury and whether Spurs could opt for another midfield signing this summer, and the north London club are ready to let him go if the Roma meet their asking price.

And that’s valued at around €40m (£33.3m), which is an acceptable fee for a player they originally signed for half the price before add-ons, although it remains to be seen if the Italians are ready for that would correspond to this price.

However, according to a report by Mourinho, Mourinho is said to be “desperate” to sign his former player Il Messageropresumably they can raise the funds to sign one of their top targets, for which their current manager has been full of praise in the past.

After a 2-0 win over arsenal in December 2020 which saw Spurs stay top of the Premier League with north London derby win Mourinho called von Hojbjerg: “First of all, Pierre is very intelligent. He reads the game very well. One day he will surely become a coach.

“Physically he is very, very strong and technically much better than people think. Because sometimes people think that the guy who’s technically good is the one who’s doing the heels. The guy who’s good at technology is the guy who does something wonderful.

“But those aren’t my words. Those are the words of coaches 30, 40 years ago. Simplicity is genius. And the guy is so simple in everything he does with the ball. And I think he’s a phenomenal player.”

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