I think it's safe to say that most calcio fans seldom think about Tottenham Hotspur. That's no shot at the north London club, but apart from Gareth Bale's legendary performance against Inter Milan in the 2010 Champions League, Serie A clubs and Spurs rarely share the same orbit. However, with Roma's recent appointment of former Spurs manager José Mourino to the manager's bench at the Stadio Olimpico and Spurs’ rumored pursuit of Antonio Conte to lead their latest project, the connections between Spurs and Serie A seem to be growing by the day.
While The Special One has yet to touchdown in Rome, that hasn't stopped the rumor rags from connecting a host of his former players to the Giallorossi. First, there was the absurd notion that Roma could somehow land the €100 million-rated Harry Kane to lead the line in the capital, then came some whispers of Delle Ali, Erika Lamela, and Steven Bergwijn, among others, but they all disappeared rather quickly.
Any time a manager changes jobs, the natural inclination is to link his former players with a move to his new club, but for a variety of reasons, the Spurs-to-Roma pipeline has remained closed. If you had to pick out a perfect striker to start Roma's Mourinho Makeover, it would be Kane, but even if we disregard the exorbitant transfer fee, the salary demands made this rumor dead on arrival. But that's just the state of European football at the moment—clubs outside England can seldom afford English salaries, so, as great as it would be, moves for Kane, Ali and even Lamela remain fantasies.