From the moment Jose Mourinho was named as the manager of AS Roma in Italy, rumors began to surface that Jose Mourinho would try and take some Tottenham players with him to Italy. As the days have crept to months and Mourinho is fully in charge with the transfer window rapidly closing in, the question is if Mourinho really is going to help Tottenham and buy some players that need to go.
Mourinho linked with four Tottenham players
There have been specific links to four Tottenham players since Mourinho has been named Roma gaffer. Almost immediately, rumors started to pop about Eric Dier following Mourinho as well as new Tottenham midfielder, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.
Mourinho can have three for the right dollars
The reality is Tottenham needs to sell players and it may end up being the Spurs have to sell the players people want not necessarily the ones they want to leave. When it comes to the quartet of players linked with Mourinho, likely only Pierre-Emile Højbjerg is a player Spurs are worried about keeping.
This past season Eric Dier was often the whipping boy for fans as he made mistakes in the back costing the team points. Some of the mistakes were not his fault – think phantom handball against Newcastle – others were very much his fault – think of the balls Dier failed to clear that became goals.
Lucas Moura is one player that tends to split opinions and while he gave us all some magic, likely most fans would not be upset to see the Brazilian move on. Moura is more a luxury player at this point as he has failed to nail down a starting position over three seasons with the club.
Hugo Lloris is a bit more difficult of a call as Tottenham does not have a ready-made backup to step in and take over if Lloris were to depart. However, with only 1 season left on his contract, now is likely the time to move Lloris. The French keeper has stalled on any extensions over the last year – who can blame him for facing 13 shots a match – and it seems likely this season would be Lloris’ last with Tottenham.
Of course, Pierre Højbjerg is a different story. While the Dane was phenomenal to start the season and faded as the games passed, it was about his overuse more than anything. With some reinforcements around and behind Højbjerg, likely the Dane can maintain a high level for a full season. Sure Tottenham could cash in and double their money but PEH is one player Spurs want to keep.
Decent money for Tottenham if the players can be sold
The good news is if Mourinho were to come for Dier, Lloris, and Moura, it would give Tottenham Hotspur and rumored new football leader – Fabio Paratici – some funds to do something to begin this rebuild.
Moura is currently worth the most according to transfermarkt.com valued at $27.5 million (£19.4 million). With three years remaining on his contract, £20 may be feasible.
Dier is valued at $24.2 million (£17.1 million) and is likewise contracted until 2024. If Tottenham is offered anything over £15 million they probably should take it and move one.
Lloris is a different story, with his value diminishing with age and his contract expiring. Currently, transfermrkt.com has Lloris at $9.9 million (£7 million). This is not a huge return for the Frenchman but given his years of service and the idea he will walk for free next summer, getting £6-8 million for the keeper would be good business.
With these three players, Tottenham could rake in some £40 million and truly begin the rebuild. And while most memories of Mourinho at Tottenham will not be positive, maybe the Portuguese skipper can give us something positive to remember him by, like taking Eric Dier to Italy.