Journalist Pete O’Rourke has claimed that Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici are still keen on snapping up AS Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo before the transfer window closes.
Spurs were able to bring six new faces through the door quite early in the transfer window so all of the new players were able to get a pre-season under their belts.
Destiny Udogie is expected to be the seventh player to arrive through the door at Hotspur Way, with the 19-year-old reportedly set to return to Udinese on loan (Football.London).
Over the last few weeks, Tottenham have been heavily linked with a move for Zaniolo, with reports indicating that Conte is ‘crazy’ about signing the 23-year-old (CalcioMercato).
However, Corriere dello Sport revealed last Wednesday that Jose Mourinho had convinced the Italy international to remain at the Stadio Olimpico for one more season while The Evening Standard claimed Roma had ‘cooled their interest’ in selling the player.
O’Rourke has now said asserted that Spurs have not yet given up on their pursuit of Zaniolo, with both Conte and Paratici both remaining keen on signing the Roma star.
When asked if Tottenham could sign the winger, the journalist told GiveMeSport: “Yeah, obviously [the Italian connection with Conte and Paratici] will play a big part in his decision.
“If he wants to move to Spurs there’s the whole Italian connection. Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte are both there, they’re both pushing to get this deal done as well.”
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Apart from Udogie, I still expect one more signing to come through the door before the transfer window shuts.
While Tottenham’s focus now seems to be on offloading players who are surplus to requirements, I expect the club to look for market opportunities in the final week of the window.
Whether or not they will go back in for Zaniolo or whether they can match Roma’s asking price, remains to be seen.
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