Shortly after being sacked by Tottenham, Jose Mourinho was announced as the next AS Roma boss. The Portuguese coach has been outside Italy for a while following an extremely successful spell with Inter Milan, with whom he achieved a treble in the 2009-2010 campaign.
The Special One had an amazing rise in the soccer world leading dark horses to unexpected triumphs. His first shocking achievement came in 2004 when his Porto tasted European glory against all odds. He then continued to win accolades by building an unstoppable Chelsea in the Premier League, before the remarkable results with Inter a few years later.
Already recognized as a world-class manager, Mourinho has been also in charge of giants like Real Madrid and Manchester United, asides from having a second spell with the Blues. However, he struggled since then and his stint with Spurs ended trophyless, being his first club in a while where he couldn't succeed. Now he will be back at the helm of an underdog side, hoping to shock the soccer community again.
The goalkeeper that could meet again with Mou
The two-time Champions League winner coach probably won't take his new challenge lightly. A competitive manager, Mourinho is reportedly looking forward to building a strong AS Roma. Only a couple of days after he signed with the Italians, some of his ambitious plans were revealed.
According to Il Corriere della Sera, the Portuguese boss wants David De Gea as his goalkeeper for the next season. The Spaniard has been coached by Mou in Manchester United, where he remains under contract. The English side would be open to negotiating him, as it trusts Dean Henderson to be more than ready to become its first choice.
De Gea has been one of the greatest keepers in the Premier League's recent years, but his form went down lately and he wouldn't be considered above Henderson anymore. As reported by the Italian newspaper, Roma would want to bring him on loan, which the Red Devils might accept to relieve the payment of his huge salary. However, if the Giallorossi enquire for a permanent transfer, United may demand between $25 million and $30 million.
It seems like a very plausible move, as all parties would benefit. It would satisfy Mourinho's desire of signing a man he already knows and whom he relied on all through his spell in Manchester, while it could be a great opportunity to bounce back for De Gea.
Meanwhile, the Italian team might be having a much-needed upgrade in a position that lacked a world-class player since Alisson moved to Liverpool in 2018. Moreover, Manchester United would make a good income or at least wouldn't be paying a mind-blowing salary for a player who might end up being a substitute.