Why Mourinho fires means Tottenham’s £ 18million target could join Arsenal

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We can probably risk a fairly educated assumption about how Tottenham Hotspur supporters feel about the departure of Jose Mourinho.

Relief, probably.

But how should Daniel Levy’s decision be received a few miles down the road at Arsenal?

On the one hand, the gunners would be forgiven for getting a little involved damage while Arsene Wenger’s old sparring partner packs his suitcases and heads for the exit, without even a Carabao Cup trophy to keep him warm at night.

On the other hand, there may be a nagging underlying fear that if Tottenham do well in the next meeting and bring in Julian Nagelsmann or Brendan Rodgers, the eternally inconsistent side of Arsenal will again be left by their neighbors in north London.

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Meanwhile, the future of the Brazilian international of 18 million pounds represents a rather intriguing conspiracy in the Mourinho saga.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the former boss of Chelsea and Real Madrid has ordered Tottenham to sign Barcelona’s Emerson Royal this summer.

Mourinho is a longtime Real Betis loan fan, who tried and failed to sign a right-wing witch doctor in 2020 as well.

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But with Mourinho now a thing of the past in the Spurs, his hopes Tottenham fans seem to have had a chance to see Emerson replace the separated Serge Aurier.

And that May have just opened the door to their local rivals.

Mundo Deportivo also reported in March that Arsenal had shown interest in Emerson amid doubts about Hector Bellerino’s long-term future.

This will go under the radar during a week full of accusations, dramatic headlines, but Mourinho’s sudden dismissal could only result in one of Europe’s most promising right-backs ending up at Arsenal rather than Tottenham.

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