Jose Mourinho has made a cheeky dig over the West Ham deal during a photo shoot in a bid to force Roma to sign Gianluca Scamacca.
Many West Ham supporters want to see the Italian retained in the hope he fares better during his second season in the Premier League.
They have seen enough in glimpses to suggest there is a top level forward waiting to announce himself on the biggest stage.
Others are sick of the constant rumours and the 6ft 5in star’s public hints that he wants to return to Italy.
But the writing has probably been on the wall over Scamacca’s West Ham future ever since he declared he dreams of playing for Roma and under Jose Mourinho.
Jose Mourinho’s cheeky dig over West Ham deal during photo shoot in bid to force Roma to sign Gianluca Scamacca
Talk of a return to Roma – where he was once a youth player – has intensified ever since.
But Inter Milan are now threatening to stump up the money the Hammers want for a permanent move while Roma have only offered a loan with an obligation to buy at a lower price.
With reports in Italy claiming Inter are now close to signing Scamacca from West Ham, Mourinho is not happy.
And the Portuguese has never been one to hide his feelings.
Now Mourinho has made a cheeky dig over the West Ham deal during a photo shoot in a bid to force Roma to sign Scamacca.
Mourinho and Scamacca the invisible man
Mourinho sent a clear message to the Roma hierarchy by posing in the team picture with a gap for the centre-forward they still haven’t been able to sign.
The photo was taken during the last day of Roma’s pre-season training camp in Portugal and Mourinho posted the image on his Instagram account showing the whole group standing together on the pitch.
The outspoken manager and his staff posed as if they were embracing an invisible man right in the centre of the photograph.
And the likes of Football Italia claim it is a clear dig at his bosses over their failure to sign his ‘main target’ Scamacca, who is now on the verge of signing for Inter Milan.