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Paulo Fonseca could be replaced by Maurizio Sarri at Roma after Crystal Palace opened talks with the Serie A tactician, as reported by Corriere dello Sport. 

It’s strange to think Sarri remains a legend at Napoli – where he won no trophies in three years – but failed to win over his many critics at Chelsea and Juventus despite Europa League and Serie A triumphs. 

But regardless of what you think about this chain-smoking, potty-mouthed Neopolitan, Sarri still has plenty of fans in the European game.

Almost a year after his departure from Juventus, he appears to be the top target for any Italian club considering a change in the dugout. 

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Corriere dello Sport claims Roma, after a disappointing run of results took a sledgehammer to their Champions League hopes, have Sarri in their sights as Fonseca’s tumultuous time at the Stadio Olimpico comes to an end. 

48-year-old Fonseca, a trophy winner with Porto, Braga and Shakhtar Donetsk, looks destined to depart.

His second season in the Italian capital has been riddled with rumours of internal divisions, with club captain Edin Dzeko at the heart of an unseemly row that almost resulted in a January exit. 

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Calciomercato reports Fonseca is already in line for a move to the Premier League, with Crystal Palace opening talks with his agent.

Fonseca, like Eagles boss Roy Hodgson, will be out of contract in a matter of weeks.  

According to Corriere dello Sport, Julian Nagelsmann is also in contention for the Roma job, although the Giallorossi would feel like a sidewards step from RB Leipzig. 

Roma general director Tiago Pinto, meanwhile, recently contacted Porto boss Sergio Conceicao regarding a potential switch to Serie A. 

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