ROMA boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly set his sights on Borussia Dortmund ace Thomas Delaney after missing out on Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.
Dortmund are willing to cash in on Delaney and have slapped a £9million price tag on the Danish ace, according to German news outlet Bild.
This has alerted Mourinho who’s ready to snap up the 29-year-old in a bid to bolster his Roma squad ahead of the upcoming Serie A season, Bild claim.
But the ex-Manchester United boss will have to wait and see if Delaney signs a new deal with Dortmund.
Xhaka had been Mourinho’s first choice but his hopes of signing the Swiss star were dashed when the Gunners revealed he’s staying put.
The Giallorossi had been pursuing Xhaka since the start of the transfer window but were unwilling to meet Arsenal’s price tag of £15m, and had a £13m offer rejected.
And after they failed to meet the Gunners value for Xhaka, Mikel Arteta has decided thay he’s staying put.
Xhaka was reportedly keen to move to the Serie A after five years with the North London side.
But he put the dispute behind him as he scored Arsenal’s only goal in their 2-1 friendly defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.
Speaking on the ex-Basel star’s transfer status after the game, Arteta said: “Granit is going to stay with us. He is a key member of our squad and a player that we rate and value so much.
“He only trained for two days but still wanted to play in this game and I think that is a very clear commitment from him that he wants to be here.”
Dream Team 2021/22
PLAY DREAM TEAM FOR THE 2021/22 SEASON!
- £100,000 in prize money up for grabs
- £50million budget to build your best XI
- Play in Mini Leagues against your mates, colleagues, etc
- Click here to play for FREE
- Dream Team app available through Apple Store and Google Play Store
If Mourinho manages to prise Delaney away from the Bundesligia, he will become the 58-year-old’s second signing of the summer.
This comes after he signed fellow Portuguese compatriot Rui Patricio from Wolves in July.
Roma snagged the 33-year-old keeper, who made 37 starts and kept 10 clean sheets for the Molineux side last season for £10m.