Paper Talk: Triple exit threat forced Levy to sack Mourinho

Date published: Wednesday 21st April 2021 8:42 - James Marshment

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

Samuele Ricci, Empoli

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)

Manchester United and Liverpool have entered the race to sign Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri this summer. (The Sun)

Hector Bellerin is edging towards a summer move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports. (The Sun)


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SALAH TO CAPTAIN EGYPT

Mohamed Salah has been appointed Egypt’s captain, much to the Liverpool star’s delight. (The Sun)

Real Betis are interested in signing Eric Bailly from Manchester United in the summer. (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)

Tottenham have reportedly made an approach for Maurizio Sarri as they go on the lookout for a new manager. (Daily Mail)

AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

Avram Glazer, Joel Glazer Man Utd owners

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)

Kylian Mbappe has reportedly started searching for a house in Madrid as speculation he could leave PSG this summer intensifies. (Daily Mirror)

Conor McGregor has cheekily hinted at buying Manchester United following Ed Woodward’s resignation. (Daily Star)

 

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