Roma, who revealed Jose Mourinho as his new manager on Tuesday afternoon, was Randy Orton RKO for the whole football world.
Just hours after Serie A confirmed that longtime boss Paulo Fonseca will move forward at the end of the season, the Special’s grinning face was plastered on all their social media channels.
His arrival may have been unexpected, but Mourinho’s recruitment formula has been in place for some time. Moe struggles to get down with the children and likes to work with established names who are more receptive to his conservative ideas.
Here are some of the experienced heads he will press the club to bring this to the Italian capital this summer.
The silver foxes have to stick together, which is the only reason this transfer is completely logical.
Kolarov at Inter may be 35-36 in November, but he has still collected several appearances for the winners in the Scudetto this season. Returning to Roma to join the Mourinho revolution would be the perfect way to see his career.
Eric Lamela’s goal in the derby in north London this season should be enough to win him a lifetime contract at Tottenham.
However, with the Argentine spending nearly a decade in the “spurs”, he may be after a change of scenery. Mourinho also seems to like Lamela during his time at the club. It’s time to take him home, Jose.
It is in fact 100% happening, right?
Mourinho has signed twice with Matic and will no doubt make it a hat-trick in the summer.
No one bet on free agent Diego Costa in January, despite reports linking him to moves at Wolves and Tottenham.
Maybe his reunion with Mourinho was just delayed, not aborted. It would be a free transfer anyway, what could go wrong?
Ashley Young spent a lot of time at Manchester United under Mourinho. Towards the end of his time at the club, however, the big man was in great shape.
Who cares that he will enter the second half of his thirties? Young will be available for free in the summer, and Mourinho will find a reliable defender, too tempting to refuse.
Jose Mourinho’s passionate commitment to Marouane Fellaini during his time at Old Trafford drew many United fans up the wall.
The Belgian has only seven months left to participate in his deal in China and will certainly take the chance to connect with his biggest fan.
David Lewis was expected to sign new terms at Arsenal a few months ago, but a deal that has not yet been agreed, could Mourinho enter?
The Brazilian has not awarded a Serie A so far, which means that Roma fans are ready for a great walk if he arrives for free in the summer.
Sami Khedira is another player right on Mourinho Street. He defended him from criticism during his time at Real – something he doesn’t always do, as Luke Shaw can attest – with the German, who admitted he stayed in touch with his former boss.
Khedira is currently in relegation, threatening Hertha Berlin, but with his contract in the summer he may be tempted to return to Italy earlier than he could have expected.