Jose Mourinho ‘appoints five new scouts from across Europe to boost Roma’s hand in the transfer market’ – including Leicester’s Jose Fontes, who brought Harry Maguire, Caglar Soyuncu and Youri Tielemans to the King Power Stadium
- Jose Mourinho has brought in five scouts to his Roma team, according to reports
- Among them is Jose Fontes, Leicester City’s chief scout for the past five years
- Fontes helped to scout Youri Tielemans, Harry Maguire and Caglar Soyuncu
- James Maddison and Harry Maguire were other arrivals overseen by Fontes
- Mourinho has also pinched talent spotters from Serie A rivals AC and Inter Milan
Jose Mourinho has appointed five new scouts at Roma from across Europe – including Leicester City’s chief talent-spotter Jose Fontes, according to reports.
The iconic Portuguese manager was named as Roma’s new coach at the beginning of May and touched down in the Italian capital last week when his Giallorossi contract began on July 1.
Among the new names in his backroom staff are Portuguese scout Fontes, who helped bring Harry Maguire, Caglar Soyuncu and Youri Tielemans to the King Power Stadium.
Jose Mourinho has brought in five new scouts to help his transfer plans with Roma, say reports
Among Mourinho’s new staff is Leicester City scout Jose Fontes, who left the club last month
Fontes is also credited with the arrivals of current Foxes stars James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira.
The scout, a former banking analyst who held scouting roles at Portuguese club Boavista, confirmed his Leicester departure via social media, tweeting: ‘I have decided to leave Leicester City FC after 5 unforgettable years.
‘The journey has been truly memorable. I wish the club and all foxes fans continued success for the future.’
Fontes was praised for bringing Youri Tielemans (left) and Caglar Soyuncu (right) to the Foxes
According to Corriere dello Sport, Mourinho has also added AC Milan scout Enrico Paresce, former Juventus and Inter Milan talent-spotter Mauro Leo, along with former Leverkusen analyst Javier Weimar – while he has also brought former Roma player and pundit Alessio Scarchilli to his scouting team.
The scouts will support sporting director Tiago Pinto and Mourinho is assembling a squad capable of challenging for the Serie A top-four places after Roma finished seventh last term.
The Giallorossi have been strongly linked with a move for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, while Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio could be another summer arrival at the Italian side.
Fontes also helped Leicester sign James Maddison (left) and Harry Maguire (right)
Mourinho revealed last week that he was hoping for some ‘gifts’ from the Roma board as he prepares for his first pre-season with the Serie A side.
He told the club’s official website: ‘First I will wait for some gifts to arrive. I hope the board and Tiago Pinto will give me some gifts. Because that would be nice.
‘It would help me and give me the best chance of developing the squad to start this process.’