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How Jose Mourinho's Roma could line-up next season with 5 Premier League signings

Jose Mourinho will be hoping to become the first manager to get his hands on the UEFA Conference League to cap off his first season as AS Roma boss.

The Portuguese took over at the Stadio Olimpico last summer and he immediately brought in familiar faces from the Premier League.

Rui Patricio and Tammy Abraham joined the Giallorossi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles arrived from Arsenal on a loan deal in January.

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Having managed a wealth of different names during his time in the Premier League we fully expect the former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur manager to try and bring some familiar faces to the Italian capital this summer.

The Boot Room takes a look at how Roma could line-up at the start of next season with five additions from the Premier League…

Rui Patricio

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The Italian giants signed the Portuguese international from Wolves for £9.8m last summer and the 34-year-old has been Mourinho’s number one.

After signing on a three-year deal, Patricio, who has been capped 102 times for Portugal, is likely to start next season as Roma’s first choice goalkeeper.

Patricio has played 50 matches in his debut campaign and has missed just one match all season.

Diogo Dalot

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When Manchester United signed Dalot from Porto for £19m in June 2018, Jose Mourinho, who was manager of the Red Devils at the time said the twenty-time league champions were getting the “best young full-back in Europe”.

Dalot only played under Mourinho six times at United before the 59-year-old was sacked.

The Portuguese international has struggled to establish himself as United’s number one right-back despite featuring more frequently under interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

A lot will depend on where United’s number 20 fits in with Erik ten Hag’s plans, but the 23-year-old had a successful season-long loan spell with AC Milan two years ago, and according to newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Mourinho is eyeing up a reunion with his compatriot.

Eric Bailly

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The Ivorian was Jose Mourinho’s first Manchester United signing after taking the Old Trafford reins from Louis van Gaal in June 2016.

The Reds paid Villarreal £30m and Mourinho said United’s number three had “the potential to become one of the best around”.

Despite signing a new three-year deal with United last April, the 28-year-old has become United’s fifth choice centre-back at the Theatre of Dreams, falling below Phil Jones.

Bailly is yet to feature for United in 2022 and a move to Roma could help rebuild his stagnating career.

Gianluca Mancini

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The former Atalanta man has been at the heart of Mourinho’s defence all season and at the age of 26, the seven-time Italy international is entering his prime years.

Although ex-Red Devil Chris Smalling has played regularly this season, Mourinho could well seek an upgrade on the England international and pursue a summer move for Bailly who could partner Mancini.

Leonardo Spinazzola

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One of the forgotten men in European football, the flying left-back was one of the stars of the 2020 European Championships.

But after rupturing his Achilles tendon in the quarter-finals against Belgium, Spinazzola only made his return to action as a late substitute in Roma’s 2-0 defeat to Fiorentina last night.

The 29-year-old will be hoping to return to full fitness and play a key role in Mourinho’s side next season.

Douglas Luiz

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The former Manchester City man’s contract with Aston Villa expires next summer and Steven Gerrard could decide to cash in on the Brazilian international if he doesn’t sign a new deal at Villa Park.

With Mourinho potentially offering European football and with places in the Brazil World Cup squad up for grabs, Luiz, who like Dalot and Bailly has been linked with a move to the Eternal City, could be tempted to pursue a move.

Nemanja Matic

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It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Serbian and Jose Mourinho link up for the third time in their careers.

Mourinho brought Matic back to Stamford Bridge from Benfica and then signed him at Old Trafford.

But with the 33-year-old set to leave Manchester United as a free agent this summer, a move to Italy with Mourinho could be on the cards.

Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg

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The former Bayern Munich youngster was brought to Tottenham by Jose Mourinho from Southampton in August 2020.

The Denmark international made 46 appearances under the Portuguese before Mourinho was sacked by Daniel Levy ahead of the 2012 Carabao Cup final.

The Spurs midfielder is on Mourinho’s radar this summer, according to Dean Jones.

Nicolo Zaniolo

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Jose Mourinho may have to stave off interest from some of Europe’s top clubs to keep hold of the talented Italian this summer.

The 22-year-old has managed to battle back from his second cruciate knee ligament of hic career and has scored seven goals and provided eight assists this campaign.

But with his contract in the Italian capital expiring in two years time, Roma will have to decide whether to cash in on the former Inter Milan man this summer or not.

Lorenzo Pellegrini

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One man who won’t be going anywhere this summer is Roma captain Pellegrini who signed a new contract with the club in October.

The Roma-born midfielder has had an impressive season under Jose Mourinho, scoring 13 goals and providing six assists.

The 25-year-old will be hoping to get his hands on the UEFA Conference League trophy later this month.

Tammy Abraham

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What a masterstroke bringing Abraham to Rome was by Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea Academy graduate has become the ‘Emperor of Rome’.

The 24-year-old who left West London for Italy has scored 25 goals this season and he’s been the driving force behind Roma’s run in Europe.

The £34m man’s bullet header was enough to see off Leicester City in the semi-finals and his performances on the continent have seen him linked with a move back to the Premier League with Arsenal.

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