Jose Mourinho eyes two Chelsea stars ahead of January transfer window

Roma are ready to back Jose Mourinho in the transfer market this January following the public complaints he has made about the squad he inherited from his predecessor Paulo Fonseca.

The 58-year-old made a positive start to his tenure in the Italian capital as Roma won six successive matches in all competitions, but cracks have begun to emerge.

Mourinho watched his side concede six times – a managerial first for him – against Bodo/ Glimt in the Europa Conference League a fortnight ago which prompted the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss to claim the Norwegian team had more talent at its disposal.

Roma did make several eye-catching signings in the summer, but the form of England international Tammy Abraham has tailed off after an encouraging start, with the striker having gone seven games without a goal.

With competition for Champions League qualification intense – Roma are currently fourth in Serie A but seven teams are within four points – the club’s owners are mindful of the need to spend again when the transfer window reopens.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rudiger are on a list of ambitious targets, as well as Tottenham’s out of favour Harry Winks, whom Mourinho coached recently during his stint in north London.

Loftus-Cheek began the season apparently surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge but has benefited from the injuries suffered by the likes of Mateo Kovaciv and N’Golo Kante to apparently win over Thomas Tuchel in recent weeks.

After impressing on his fourth successive start against Malmo last night, Tuchel said of the England international: ‘He needs to use his full potential – that’s the absolute key – and if he does he can be a big part of the squad.

‘I’m very happy with him. The next step is to show consistency and push himself – the limit can constantly be pushed – because he has so much potential.’

Rudiger, meanwhile, is out of contract at the end of the season and looks likely, at this stage, to move on as a free agent although a return to Roma represents a remote possibility given the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are said to retain an interest.

Roma, meanwhile, are also said to be monitoring the situation of Dani Ceballos who hasn’t played for Real Madrid this season due to injury, having spent the last two campaigns on loan at Arsenal.

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