Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy reportedly had a Serie A boss in mind to take over from Mauricio Pochettino before he turned to Jose Mourinho.
Pochettino was axed in November 2019 after five years in charge of the north London club, with Mourinho coming in as his replacement.
After an initial uplift in results, the Portuguese has seen his injury-hit side struggle – with Spurs dropping down to eighth in the Premier League table and also crashing out of the Champions League and FA Cup to RB Leipzig and Norwich respectively.
But according to Il Messaggero, via Sport Witness, Levy’s first choice to take over from the Argentine was Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi.
The report states that Levy was impressed with how Inzaghi has turned the Rome-based outfit back into Serie A contenders, with Lazio currently sitting second in the table, one point behind Juventus.
It is stated that Levy was ‘precisely thinking’ about the Italian, which set some alarm bells ringing in Rome, with Claudio Lotito now trying to tie down his manager in case Spurs come calling again.
Inzaghi is keen on penning a new deal but does not want to wait until the end of a currently postponed season, with Lazio’s plan to give him a contract until 2022 at least with a salary of around €3million a year.
Il Messaggero adds that if the 43-year-old were to win the title with Lazio then he would likely consider that he could do no more in Italian football and would look for a new challenge elsewhere – news that would put Tottenham on alert.
At this stage, Mourinho’s long-term future in north London remains unclear, although he does have a contract until 2022 and is expected to be given the summer to revamp his squad and try and improve on their showing this campaign.
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