AS Roma coach, Jose Mourinho , is not satisfied with buying players. Mourinho is reportedly eyeing Chelsea players again as his number one target before the 2021 summer transfer window closes on 31 August 2021.
The Chelsea player who is Jose Mourinho’s shopping priority is Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The player was not included in the plans in Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
AS Roma have spent around £90 million this summer. One of the players who were brought in was Tammy Abraham. He was imported from Chelsea with a tag of 34 million pounds (Rp 672.6 billion).
However, Mourinho feels his squad is not complete. He again wants to buy one more player, to be more competitive in the Italian League this season.
The Portuguese coach wants a creative midfielder who fits his project at AS Roma. Loftus-Cheek, who worked closely with Jose Mourinho during his time at Chelsea, was a key target.
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Already Contact Chelsea
According to Corriere dello Sport , quoted by the Daily Mail , AS has contacted Chelsea. AS Roma’s head of transfers, Thiago Pinto, is working hard trying to finalize a deal in the next few days.
Loftus-Cheek, who spent last season on loan at Fulham, was left out of Chelsea’s first team. He will likely be allowed to leave if a deal can be reached.
The 25-year-old is not the only player Roma are considering. The Giallorossi are also considering signing Miralem Pjanic from Barcelona. The Bosnian is believed to be happy to return to Roma from Barcelona, but his salary demands are too high.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria is also on Roma’s target list. However, he is more of a defensive midfielder character and his price reaches 17 million pounds. Rome was only willing to pay about half that price.
The Most Realistic Choice
Loftus-Cheek became the cheapest and most realistic target for Mourinho. AS Roma are exploring a loan deal with an option to buy him permanently for £13.5m.
Loftus-Cheek will be the second signing of the summer from Chelsea if Roma can get a deal done before the 2021 summer transfer window closes.
However, Roma may need to let go of one of the midfielders to be able to bring Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea.
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Italian League: Jose Mourinho Steps on the Gas with AS Roma, Who’s the Next Victim?
AS Roma opened a new chapter with the new coach, Jose Mourinho with a brilliant record. A total of two matches, I Giallorossi always won.
It started with a difficult victory away to Trabzonspor in the first leg of the UEFA Conference League play-off with a score of 2-1.
Then AS Roma won again in the first giornata of the 2021/2022 Italian League when they met Fiorentina, 3-1. From these two matches, it seems that Jose Mourinho has succeeded in generating enthusiasm in the team, something that seemed to disappear when the team was handled by the previous coach.
Even strikers like Tammy Abraham don’t hesitate to go all the way back to steal the ball. All the players seemed to want to show off in front of Jose Mourinho .
Not only that, the opponent is also very respectful of the figure of Jose Mourinho. Until now AS Roma became a respected team.
“AS Roma with Jose Mourinho is a great thing,” Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano admitted after the match.
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Who is Jose Mourinho’s Next Victim?
If you look at at least the next five matches belonging to AS Roma , Jose Mourinho seems to be giving birth to new victims.
The second leg of the UEFA Conference League against Trabzonspor in the middle of this week will be key. If AS Roma again achieve positive results, the squad will certainly be more confident.
Moreover, the next opponents in Serie A tend to be defeated by AS Roma. From Salernitana, Sassuolo, Hellas Verona to Udinese.
The real test of AS Roma in the Jose Mourinho era only came in the 6th giornata of the Italian League. On 26 September, the I Giallorossi faced city rivals Lazio in the Derby della Capitale duel.
The tension in the match is definitely getting hotter. Because Lazio is handled by a top coach, Maurizio Sarri. It will be interesting to see the tactical battle between Mourinho and Sarri.