One more hurdle to overcome as Tottenham move closer to new manager

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Tottenham finally seem ready to end their search for a new manager, Paulo Fonseca has reportedly accepted a two-year deal to take over in north London.

Spurs have been on the hunt for Jose Mourinho’s successor over the past two months, with Brendan Rodgers, Hans Dieter Flick and Julian Nagelsmann all turning the club down. Former Inter boss Antonio Conte was also a major contender before Daniel Levy abandons the discussions with the Italian.

Tottenham have since turned their attention to former Roma chief Fonseca, which is the first choice of new sports director Fabio Paratici.

And the The telegraph of the day reports that the 48-year-old has in principle accepted a two-year contract to fill the post. There is also the possibility of an additional year.

The report adds that Spurs will look to close the deal ahead of Paratici’s official presentation in his new role. The Italian held a similar post at Juventus, where he enjoyed great success.

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All that remains is to sign the documents, although Levy is currently in the Bahamas with main shareholder Joe Lewis.

Fonseca guided Roma to the Europa League semi-finals last season before succumbing to Manchester United. Ironically, he was replaced by former Tottenham chief Mourinho in the Italian capital.

The Portuguese have a proven track record in developing young players, while Roma were also an entertaining watch under his responsibility.

Fonseca was also reportedly running for Tottenham before Mauricio Pochettino was appointed in 2014.

He’s in the same mold as the current PSG boss and speaks more than competent English, so that won’t be a problem.


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Allegri wants Kane at Juve

Meanwhile, Massimiliano Allegri has reportedly told Juventus chiefs to buy him a new center-forward this summer, with Tottenham striker Harry Kane on their shortlist.

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Allegri is set to undergo a major team overhaul after joining Juve for his second stint in charge. The Italian took over from Andrea Pirlo in Turin after the latter was sacked after a season at the head. Defending champions Juventus finished fourth in the table, 13 points behind the winner of Inter Milan.

Cristiano Ronaldo is in a great hurry to move on, with a return to Manchester United an option. Forward Paulo Dybala and injured midfielder Aaron Ramsey could also move on.

With Ronaldo and Dybala seemingly on the way, Allegri wants to bolster his front line with a renowned signing from the start.

And according to Calciomercato, Juve have made more than one approach for Kane – who is looking to leave Spurs this summer.

The English skipper has revealed his desire to move on after another trophy-less campaign in north London.

However, the report adds that Juve have so far found their pursuit of Kane difficult.

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Levy plays hard against Kane’s exit

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has reportedly imposed a price tag of £ 130million on his talisman. The 27-year-old also wants a salary of around £ 10million a year.

Levy is determined to keep the club’s valuable asset, despite Kane wanting to join a Champions League club.

The gigantic salary demands are not seen as a huge problem for Juventus. They can release funds when Ronaldo leaves.

However, the asking price for the forward remains a problem. That leaves Man Utd and Man City in the driver’s seat to secure a deal.

But a potential deal is unlikely to happen before the Euro, with Kane leading England’s quest for glory.

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