Jose Mourinho reportedly wanted to sign Harry Kane for Roma over the summer as he looked to give the unsettled Tottenham striker a route out of north London.
It looked inevitable that Kane would finally leave his boyhood club this summer and seek a move elsewhere after countless years without him achieving his trophy ambitions.
However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy seemed to price out Manchester City, who were told they would have to smash their own transfer record already set that summer by signing Jack Grealish to bring Kane to the Etihad.
Kane remained at Tottenham and has endured a difficult year so far following the failed move, but City weren't the only side in for him, according to reports.
Italian journalist Ugo Trani, told Centro Suono Sport that Mourinho was interested in bringing Kane to Rome to join him on his new venture, as the former Tottenham boss knew how desperate he was to leave from his time at Spurs last season.
Roma did buy two strikers this summer, with Tammy Abraham making his own personal move away from the Premier League, and Eldor Shomurodov arrived from fellow Serie A side Genoa.
According to Trani, begged the Roma board to go all out for Kane, but received alternatives that he didn't want.
"Was Shomurodov a request from Mourinho? I don’t believe it even if I see it," Sport Evai quote Trani as saying.
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"Mourinho wanted Kane, and he gets Shomurodov? In my opinion, they have the money, but they don’t want to invest it. Mourinho indicated this name because he knew that there was a controversy at Tottenham, with the player who wanted to leave.
"The operation was written: Vlahovic to Tottenham and Kane to City. Mourinho, who came from Tottenham, knew that the club did not want to give him to City, that Kane wanted to leave at all costs. He said 'If you can make an operation it is better to take Kane who is an extraordinary player' but they didn’t take him.
"Throughout the summer, I have heard that negotiations were done by the agents. It’s the agents who go to Pinto, that’s how the market is done. They told me about embarrassing negotiations."
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