Jose Mourinho intends to raid former club for midfield cover

Posted on: 22 November 2021

Last edited on: 22 November 2021

As a former Chelsea manager twice, Jose Mourinho has a rather strained history with his beloved Blues. He departed from Stamford Bridge the first time as a legend; he was sacked mid-season after a disastrous result against AFC Bournemouth the second time around. Sour comments when in charge of Manchester United and then Tottenham Hotspur meant that Mourinho has left a rather poor taste in the mouths of the many Chelsea fans who once cheered him on.

However, one thing is clear – the Portuguese holds no ill will to Chelsea when it comes to signings. So much so that he looks set to return to the Blues for a player he admired greatly when he was previously in charge. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is being touted for a move away from Chelsea, with intermittent game time no longer enough with the player aged 25.

Mourinho, who managed him at Chelsea and gave him a start in the UEFA Champions League, sees the box-to-box midfield as the ideal addition to his squad. A move for Loftus-Cheek would offer Roma more options in midfield, with La Lupi looking rather light in terms of midfield depth. Injuries to various players as well as the lack of form of substitutes like Gonzalo Villar means that Roma are short on quality and options.

With Loftus-Cheek likely available for a move in the January window, reports in Italy suggest that Mourinho will make a swift return to London to pick up a player he rates highly. Under contract at Chelsea until 2024, it is believed that the Blues would be keen to open up a loan to buy deal to move the player on.

Despite breaking into the side recently, there is likely to be little resistance from Chelsea to keep the academy talent.

Mourinho set for midfield swoop from another ex-club

However, another player who might also be arriving in Rome is another surprise – Harry Winks. Mourinho managed Winks when they were together at Tottenham, but in the 18 months they spent together there was precious opportunity given to Winks. So much so that the player is still out of the picture at Spurs, and the arrival of Antonio Conte will likely mean that he has to move on.

A player who can keep the game ticking over with smart passing, though, would be essential for a Roma side that gives up the ball too often. While some might be shocked to see Mourinho linked with a player he did not give much opportunity to when they were together in London, his profile fits perfectly with what Roma need. If paired with the power and energy of Loftus-Cheek, Mourinho would rely upon his midfield to keep things tighter.

As it stands, Roma lack both the numbers and the quality to truly compete for the Italian title. The arrival of two midfielders from former clubs, though, could soon fill in some holes that are so clearly present in the current side. 

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