Journalist Ugo Trani has claimed that Jose Mourinho urged AS Roma to snap up Harry Kane during the summer transfer window.
Kane was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City in the summer, with the striker even allegedly not reporting to pre-season training when he was expected to in an effort to force through a move to the Etihad stadium.
Daniel Levy held firm and managed to hold on to the England captain but he has since failed to hit his usual heights in a Spurs shirt, having found the back of the net just once in the Premier League this season.
It remains to be seen whether City will reignite their interest in the Tottenham man in January but according to Trani, Pep Guardiola’s men were not the only side who were after the 28-year-old in the summer.
The journalist said that Mourinho wanted to bring Kane to the Stadio Olympico, knowing the striker’s desire to leave North London and Tottenham’s reluctance to sell him to City.
Trani told Sport Evai: “Was Shomurodov a request from Mourinho? I don’t believe it even if I see it.
“Mourinho wanted Kane, and he gets Shomurodov? The Friedkins (Roma owners) can buy such players, but the truth is they don’t want to buy them, which is quite different.
“In my opinion, they have the money, but they don’t want to invest it. Mourinho indicated this name because he knew that there was a controversy at Tottenham, with the player who wanted to leave.
“The operation was written: Vlahovic to Tottenham and Kane to City. Mourinho, who came from Tottenham, knew that the club did not want to give him to City, that Kane wanted to leave at all costs and that there was the European Championship.
“And he said ‘if you can make an operation it is better to take Kane who is an extraordinary player’ but they didn’t take him. But they didn’t go from Kane to Shomurodov.
“Throughout the summer, I have heard that negotiations were done by the agents. It’s the agents who go to Pinto, that’s how the market is done. They told me about embarrassing negotiations.”
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Even if Mourinho wanted Roma to seriously explore signing Kane, the reality is that the England captain was never going to move to the Stadio Olimpico. At best, that would have been a sideways step and would not have guaranteed him the major trophies he is after.
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