After sacking José Mourinho last month, Tottenham Hotspur reportedly identified Maurizio Sarri as one of the candidates to become the permanent manager next season.

AS Roma were also said to be in the running for Sarri and for the past week or so, reports coming out of Italy stated the ex-Chelsea manager had given priority to the Serie A side over Spurs.

On Tuesday, Roma confirmed Paulo Fonseca will step down as their manager at the end of this campaign and also announced Mourinho as his successor.

This has now forced Sarri to consider other options and he’s authorised his agent Fali Ramadani to ‘listen to important calls’, according to Calciomercato.

It’s claimed a meeting took place between Sarri’s camp and the north London club’s management, right after they sacked Mourinho in April.

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These contacts have continued in recent weeks and are ‘destined to intensify again,’ now that the Portuguese tactician has agreed to manage Roma.

It’s claimed Sarri is not the only managerial candidate, but he is the ‘first choice’ target for Tottenham.

Although Sarri lost his job at Juventus last summer, his contract with them is still in effect until 2022.

He is receiving his salary as per the agreement and in order to sign for another club, the manager must terminate his contract with the Old Lady. To do this, Sarri could be forced to give up part of the payment he is entitled to receive from the Turin club.