Daniel Levy feared he was to lose three of Tottenham’s biggest names had he not axed Jose Mourinho, while Wednesday’s transfer gossip claims the Special One is in line for a shock new British job, while Arsenal are chasing an classy Italian midfielder.
SPURS FEARED MASS EXODUS HAD MOURINHO STAYED
Tottenham’s decision to part ways with Jose Mourinho was made due to fears that up to 10 players would look to leave the club.
With Mourinho having been fired on Monday, talk has already switched to his successor. Indeed, the latest name linked with the hotseat is former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri. However, the finer details over what led to Mourinho’s demise also make a fascinating story.
Reports on Tuesday claimed Mourinho never wanted Gareth Bale to sign in the first place. Now Eurosport, via the Daily Express, claims it was fears they could lose Bale, plus two more in Harry Kane and Dele Alli, that prompted his sack.
The sacking Mourinho, just 17 months into a three-and-a-half-year deal, has cost Tottenham £15m. However, chairman Daniel Levy feared the cost would have been far greater had the Portuguese been allowed to continue.
At the heart of his fears were the future of Kane. The England skipper has already warned he will review his future at the end of the season.
Furthermore, the way Mourinho ostracized Alli is also cited as a factor. The midfielder has lost his way at Tottenham under Mourinho and had pushed to leave in January. But while they maanged to retain his services, it seemed likely he would go in the summer.
It’s claimed Levy also feels their chances of retaining Bale’s services will also increase under a new manager. The Welshman is another who has been in and out of the Spurs side this season and has already hinted at an exit.
Lloris also tipped to go
They weren’t the only ones either. The report suggests another seven players were considering their futures at the club had Mourinho stayed. Doubts have emerged in recent weeks over the futures of Hugo Lloris and Davidson Sanchez.
However, Levy will now hope a new man will bring fresh hope of retaining their star names. The search for Mourinho’s successor is already underway. One of those names, Brendan Rodgers, has already ruled out the possibility of taking the job.
ARSENAL ON THE TRAIL OF RICCI
Arsenal fancy signing exciting Empoli midfielder Samuele Ricci, who is also on Leicester’s radar. (Daily Express)
Jose Mourinho is a contender to be the next Celtic manager. (The Sun)
Hector Bellerin is edging towards a summer move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports. (The Sun)
SALAH TO CAPTAIN EGYPT
Mohamed Salah has been appointed Egypt’s captain, much to the Liverpool star’s delight. (The Sun)
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck ultimately led the Blues’ exit from the European Super League, though it was Roman Abramovich’s anger that brought the whole house of cards down. (The Sun)
AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP
Manchester United’s stock market value plunged by around £150m as plans for a European Super League crumbled. (Daily Mail)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has confirmed he will be leaving Twitter as the outrage surrounding the European Super League takes over the social media site. (Daily Mirror)
Conor McGregor has cheekily hinted at buying Manchester United following Ed Woodward’s resignation. (Daily Star)