Roma's January transfer market is taking shape, and the giallorossi are starting to make moves looking to add to their squad.
Mourinho has specifically requested Manchester United's Diogo Dalot, who has Serie A experience with Milan.
The manager initially brought him to the Red Devils, paying a release clause north of €20 million to bring him from Porto in 2018.
Roma's directors are working on it given the player's wish to earn more minutes on the pitch and return to a league he's already familiar with, spending a year on loan with Pioli's MIlan.
Any transfer is tied to one condition: if Manchester United are successful in finding an agreement for Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, their big target in the transfer market, they would be open to selling Dalot.
Roma would like to bring Dalot to Italy on a formula of loan with purchase option and the evolution of the Trippier situation could be decisive for a successful deal in the coming weeks.
Sporting Director Tiago Pinto's wishes are clear also including expiring contracts: he wants to make the new acquisitions available from the start of January rather than waiting for the last days of the transfer window.
In midfield, Tiago Pinto is continuing his push for Denis Zakaria of Borussia Monchengladbach. The Swiss international has changed agents recently, complicating the negotiations.
The player's requests and competition from other clubs are also important factors. Juventus remain among the interested parties, but Roma have been at work on the deal for some time and do not want to abandon the idea.
In fact, Roma's directors have not yet thoroughly researched alternatives for the position, awaiting further developments on the Zakaria front, hoping to successfully complete a deal with the midfielder.
In defense, Roma expects to make moves.
The matter depends on the injury situation including Smalling and Spinazzola, and news on their expected dates of return.
Players on the outgoing transfer list include Gonzalo Villar and Amadou Diawara.
Both players have had little playing time under Mourinho and could leave the club in January if the right offers are received.