Report: Conte sees future at wing-back for attacking-midfield target Zaniolo

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Nicolo Zaniolo
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A report from 90min suggests both Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho see Italian playmaker Nicolo Zaniolo as a player who could have a future in a wing-back role.

Despite finally adding Djed Spence to his squad, Conte is reportedly still in the market for another right-wing-back.

This comes after Emerson Royal was made available for transfer (Football.London), and Matt Doherty was reportedly told he can leave (talkSPORT).

Earlier this week it emerged that Spurs were targeting a move for AS Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo (CalcioMercato.it), with a move that was initially believed to be considered a solution to Conte’s creative midfielder needs.

Zaniolo may be regarded as an attacking midfielder at present, but Conte may have other ideas. Apparently, both Conte and Mourinho actually see Zaniolo as the kind of player who could adapt to a wing-back role.

According to the report, Fabio Paratici has been in contact with the Serie A side with a view to striking a deal for the 23-year-old.

Paratici has been in Italy this week to discuss the future of various Spurs players, but talks about Zaniolo were also said to be on the agenda (Daniele Longo).

Spurs Web Opinion

Nicolo Zaniolo is a fine player and would be a welcome addition to the Spurs squad. Primarily, he certainly fits the bill of the creative playmaker that Antonio Conte is looking for. If he can offer versatility and operate as a wing-back too, all the better.

Whether he would successfully adapt to the new role remains to be seen, but if anyone can make it work, Antonio Conte can.

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