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Report: Jose Mourinho wants Marcel Sabitzer, a player he desperately wanted at Tottenham

Since penning a three-year deal at Roma, Jose Mourinho has been linked with numerous Tottenham Hotspur and Premier League players ahead of a summer rebuild – but now he wants a Champions League captain, one he really wanted at Spurs.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura, Eric Dier and Carlos Vinicius have all been linked with Roma since Mourinho was announced as Paulo Fonseca’s replacement – while many other Premier League stars have been targeted.

But now, Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport claim that Mourinho wants to raid RB Leipzig for their midfield captain Marcel Sabitzer. The 27-year-old skipper was linked heavily with Spurs during Mourinho’s reign, and continues to be a target.

The Express claimed in April that Sabitzer a player that Mourinho had ‘personally earmarked’ and urged his Tottenham superiors to sign. Rated at £45million (Mail), Sabitzer is now a target for Mourinho at Roma – with his contract ending in 2022.

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But losing him to Mourinho is salt in the wounds, and it would be a sign that Mourinho has exacted revenge on Daniel Levy and the club that decided to sack him just six days before the final he guided them into – eventually losing to Manchester City.

Tottenham need a midfielder to go alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sabitzer would be ideal. He offers a goal threat, he offers work rate, he offers leadership and is probably going to be cheaper this summer – given his contract situation.

Spurs cannot let Mourinho win the race to sign Sabitzer.

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