Journalist who lived next door to Zaniolo reveals if he is open to Tottenham transfer

Nicolo Zaniolo
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CBS journalist Ben Jacobs has claimed that AS Roma would reluctantly be willing to sell Nicolo Zaniolo if Tottenham meet their asking price, while the player himself is open to a move. 

90 min claimed on Tuesday that Tottenham are refusing to give up on their pursuit of Zaniolo. However, since then, multiple Italian publications have asserted that Roma do not wish to lose the winger ahead of the new season.

IlRomanista suggested this week that the Giallorossi had informed Spurs it would take a fee of €60m (£50.1m) to sign the Italy international, and added that Jose Mourinho wishes to hang on to the 23-year-old.

This information was backed up by CalcioMercato on Wednesday, with the publication claiming that Mourinho wants to keep the Italy international at the Stadio Olimpico ‘at all costs’.

However, Jacobs believes the Serie A club would be willing to part ways with Zaniolo if Antonio Conte’s men make a bid of around €50m to €55m (£41.8m-£46m).

The journalist said on The Last Word on Spurs YouTube channel about the Roma star: “He’s a frightening talent. I used to work in Rome and lived next door to Zaniolo so I know him as a character a bit too.

“Roma, as I understand it, would reluctantly let Zaniolo leave, he’s open to a Tottenham move and he’s valued somewhere around the €50m to €55m mark. 

“That’s what Tottenham are looking at, it may take more with add-ons, but there is concrete substance to these links.”

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I do believe that Tottenham plan on testing Roma’s resolve with an offer for Zaniolo over the coming weeks. If Spurs had not received any encouragement from Roma to make an offer for the 23-year-old, I doubt Paratici would be wasting so much time on this pursuit.

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