Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly eyeing a new manager target in Julen Lopetegui.
The Lowdown: Fonseca talks
As per BBC Sport, Spurs have opened up talks with Paulo Fonseca over their vacant manager role.
However, the North London club have yet to agree a deal with the 48-year-old, and will be increasingly wary over the situation given that they were in advanced talks with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, before that deal eventually collapsed.
The Latest: Lopetegui eyed
As per Estadio Deportivo, the Lilywhites have also set their sights on appointing Lopetegui as their new coach, although he is not their first option.
Lopetegui has recently renewed his contract at Sevilla until 2024, and is already planning for the new season, but the report claims Spurs are ‘considering’ trying to appoint him anyway.
The news outlet also compares the potential appointment of the 54-year-old to that of Juande Ramos when he joined THFC, given that the latter was also at Sevilla before he was appointed at White Hart Lane, and were both doing similarly well in La Liga.
The Verdict: Tottenham should consider Lopetegui
Even though it looks much more likely that Fonseca will end up at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Spurs should at least be considering Lopetegui as an alternative options, especially if talks with the former break down like they did with Conte.
The Spaniard did very well with Sevilla last season, guiding them to an impressive 77 points in La Liga and a comfortable fourth-placed finish, only behind the three giants of Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona and a mere nine points off of top spot in the end (BBC Sport).
Should Tottenham hire Lopetegui?
He has also shown that he can win major trophies, guiding Sevilla to a 2019/20 UEFA Europa League triumph, which is exactly the kind of coach that the Lilywhites should be looking for as they look to end their recent trophy drought.
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