According to a report by Football Italia, former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri could return to the Premier League this summer as both Tottenham Hotspur and north London rivals Arsenal are in talks for the Italian.
Tottenham in managerial talks for Sarri
Sarri, who has been sporadically linked with the role at Spurs, first emerged as a candidate last month when newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that chairman Daniel Levy fancied a move for the 62-year-old.
Reports then came to light that the Europa League-winning coach was overwhelmingly in favour of a move to AS Roma and was allegedly the Serie A side’s top managerial target (Corriere dello Sport).
However, since they announced former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho as their appointment for 2021/2022, Sarri has been left out in the cold.
Football Italia now claim that both the Lilywhites and Arsenal are in managerial talks with the former Napoli gaffer and he is even open to a Premier League return.
Sarri’s last job was the Juventus position where he won a Scudetto but was unceremoniously sacked just two weeks later (Goal).
Transfer Tavern take
There is no doubting Sarri meets one of the Spurs requirements they have outlined for their new appointment as Levy allegedly prioritises an attack-minded coach above all others (The Guardian).
He even wowed ex-Tottenham favourite Mauricio Pochettino with his attacking philosophy at Napoli.
Indeed, the Argentine heralded Sarri’s football as ‘fantastic’ and the ‘most beautiful to watch in Europe’ when he was in charge at the Stadio San Paolo (TUTTOmercatoWEBB).
Clearly revered by his fellow coaches, soon-to-be former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca even hailed him as ‘one of the best in Europe’ (onefootball).
However, he definitely doesn’t fall into the category of a ‘young’ and ‘dynamic’ manager reportedly being targeted by technical performance director Steve Hitchen (Daily Mail).
So, Sarri is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of what Spurs desire for their next boss – with the only question being whether Tottenham are willing to make a compromise and take a gamble on the title winner.
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