Arsenal ‘target’ Paulo Fonseca to leave Roma as new Tottenham manager option surfaces

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Roma have confirmed that manager Paulo Fonseca will leave the club at the end of the season, just two days out from their Europa League semi-final second leg with Manchester United. The Portuguese’s future became uncertain following his side’s 6-2 drubbing at Old Trafford last Thursday in a game that Roma had led 2-1 at half-time.

Fonseca stock was high just a few months ago when his side was on course to secure the return of Champions League football.

However, cracks have started to emerge in the past six weeks, particularly on the road, where Roma’s away form has become a major issue.

Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Sampdoria proved to be the final straw for Fonseca as the club confirmed this afternoon that they’d agreed to part company with the former Shakhtar boss.

He will remain in charge for the rest of the season before the termination of his contract.

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Several reports have credited Arsenal with interest in his services in recent weeks.

It’s alleged that the Arsenal board have lined up Fonseca as a potential replacement for Arteta, should they decide to sack the Spaniard.

The Gunners are said to have already contacted Fonseca’s representatives prior to his departure from Roma.

Yet they are not the only club in North London who may be interested in his availability.

Tottenham’s options to replace Jose Mourinho remain incredibly limited as things stand.

Julian Nagelsmann will join Bayern Munich while Brendan Rodgers ruled himself out of the running due to his commitment to Leicester.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag then became the frontrunner before signing a surprise new deal in Amsterdam.

Graham Potter and Roberto Martinez are now amongst the leading candidates for the role but Fonseca’s name may now creep into contention.

Crystal Palace and Leeds have also been credited with an interest in the former Porto and Braga manager.

The 48-year-old, who was born in Mozambique, has now thanked everyone at Roma for the times they have shared together since he arrived in 2019.

“Over these last two years we have experienced a number of highs and lows, but I have always given my all for this club and this city – a city that has always been so welcoming,” Fonseca said.

“I would like to thank the Roma fans, everyone we have worked with at Trigoria, the players, and all those who have helped us during this journey – in particular Dan and Ryan Friedkin, for their continuous support since they arrived, and Tiago Pinto, an incredible professional, whom I wish the best as he continues his work for the club.

“We still have some very important games in front of us this season that we want to win, and we will continue to give our all in order to do so.”

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