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Report: Tottenham one of three European clubs to open talks with Paulo Fonseca

Italian website Forza Roma have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are one of three European sides to have opened talks with Roma manager Paulo Fonseca ahead of a potential summer move – with Jose Mourinho set to replace him.

Fonseca, 48, has spent the past two seasons at Roma and guided his side into the Europa League semi-finals this season. But with Roma sitting way down in seventh and seemingly failing to qualify for Europe, he has been axed.

Mourinho, who was sacked by Tottenham in March, will replace Fonseca having penned a three-year deal at the Stadio Olimpico. Fonseca’s future remains to be decided, though it is clear there is interest in his signture.

Indeed, the latest report claims that Fonseca – who won 53 of his 101 Roma games with a win rate of 52% – is in talks with three clubs, namely Tottenham, Benfica and Zenit. His current wage is £41,000 a week (Football Italia).

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TBR’s view – Is Fonseca really good enough for Spurs?

His spell at Shakhtar Donetsk would suggest so. Winning the league in Ukraine is not hard if you in control of Shakhtar, but what is impressive was his mind-blowing win rate – around 75% thanks to 103 wins from 139 games.

But at Roma, he has struggled for consistency. In his 103 games, Roma have scored 193 goals – a ratio of less than two a game. He is a good manager but Spurs can do better – Simone Inzaghi would be the best pick from Italy.

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