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Tottenham valuation could make or break transfer with persistent Mourinho plotting major raid

Tottenham trio Lucas Moura, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Steven Bergwijn

Jose Mourinho refuses to give up in his attempts to reunite with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, and a report revealed his hopes could rest on Tottenham’s valuation.

Mourinho brought Hojbjerg to north London during his ill-fated spell at the Spurs helm. That transfer was seen as a smart piece of business at the time, and the Dane has gone on to become a mainstay in the Tottenham eleven.

Indeed, the combative midfielder has played 90 minutes in all but four of Tottenham’s Premier League matches this season.

The club signed Rodrigo Bentancur in the January window to give Antonio Conte a lively one-two punch in the engine room. The pair have already shown signs they will be a difficult duo to contend with for opposing teams.

However, according to multiple reports from the Italian press, Hojbjerg is once again on Roma’s radar.

Mourinho is the driving force behind their interest and reportedly wishes to sign Hojbjerg for a second time.

Roma have long been linked with dipping into the English market to address their central midfield issues.

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka is regularly mentioned alongside a move to Rome, but Mourinho has seen what Hojbjerg can do up close and personal.

Hojbjerg valuation could shut Mourinho down

Italian outlet Il Messaggero recently put a summer Roma swoop for Hojbjerg back on the agenda. Their reporting suggested Mourinho is determined not to miss out this time round.

That sentiment is backed up in Friday’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport. The information is relayed by Sport Witness who note Mourinho ‘gladly wants him back’ in his squad.

There is little indication Tottenham have any desire to sell such a critical cog in their machine. As such, any chance of a move would likely hinge on Tottenham receiving an offer they can’t refuse.

Spurs paid Southampton £15m prior to add-ons in 2020. The outlet states his value has now more than doubled to £36m. Though they may simply be using Transfermarkt’s valuation as guidance.

Tottenham may well quote an even greater fee if Roma firm up their interest in the summer. Reaching the £40m+ mark would likely push Hojbjerg out of Roma’s reach from a financial perspective.

What’s more, Spurs have failed in their quest to land midfield enforcer Franck Kessie as a free agent. The Ivorian has reached an agreement to join Barcelona after his contract at AC Milan expires this summer.

As such, Tottenham will be even more determined to retain Hojbjerg beyond the summer and their valuation if Mourinho comes calling would reflect their stance.

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