Mourinho sees Tottenham star as plan B, Manchester United ace first-choice

CalcioMercato claims Jose Mourinho sees signing Tottenham ace Japhet Tanganga for Roma as a Plan B option – behind Manchester United outcast Eric Bailly this summer. Mourinho is keen on signing a centre-back.

Tanganga, 23, has fallen down the pecking order since Antonio Conte’s arrival. The England Under-21 defender suffered numerous injuries while the Italian was in charge and he is likely to be transferred this summer.

Spurs want Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo and reports claim Fabio Paratici is ready to include him in a swap deal. The latest report says Tanganga is an option for Roma – but Roma are focusing their attention on Bailly.

Indeed, reports last week indicate Mourinho’s Roma were in talks to land Bailly – a £30m signing for United. Now Roma are believed to prefer a transfer from Bailly to Tanganga, with the Spurs man seen as a plan B option.

Mourinho sees Tottenham ace Tanganga a plan B option behind Bailly

It’s interesting. Tanganga offers more versatility and is younger. But he might cost a bit more in terms of transfer fees to sign. Although a loan deal could be possible for the Tottenham academy product.

Bailly will probably be allowed to leave on the cheap, but his salary is higher – and he is older. Manchester United may want to offload Bailly more than Spurs with Tanganga. Or, that Spurs want Zaniolo.

Tottenham could play hardball and will only allow Tanganga to travel to Rome if he is included in a deal for Zaniolo. The next few weeks will be intriguing to see who Roma will add to Mourinho’s defense, having worked with both players.

For Bailly and Tanganga, both players will surely be keen to join Europa Conference League winners Roma. They will play in the Europa League this season.

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