Report: Roma offered player to Tottenham on loan with obligation to buy 

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According to Italian outlet Il Messaggero, AS Roma offered Tottenham the chance to sign Nicolo Zaniolo on an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy the player permanently.

Zaniolo’s stock has fallen considerably compared to where it was a couple of years ago, mainly due to the ACL injury the winger suffered during the 2020/21 campaign.

However, the 22-year-old showed signs of returning to his best towards the end of last season, finishing the campaign with eight goals and nine assists (Transfermarkt) and playing a key part in the club’s Europa Conference League triumph. 

Gianluca Di Marzio reported last week that Fabio Paratici held a meeting with representatives from Roma in Italy last week where potential deals for Zaniolo and Joe Rodon were discussed.

This has now been backed up by Il Messaggero, who claim that Roma discussed the Welsh centre-back when Spurs made an approach for the Italy international.

The report adds that Roma have offered Tottenham, Juventus and AC Milan the chance to sign Zaniolo on an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy at around €45m-€50m (£38.6-£42.9m).

However, the report explains that Juve proposed part-exchange deals involving the likes of Moise Kean and Arthur Melo, which did not interest Jose Mourinho’s men.

Il Messaggero state that for the moment, Zaniolo seems unlikely to leave the Stadio Olimpico as the Giallorossi’s demands for the player are ‘too high’.

Spurs Web Opinion

We know that Fabio Paratici likes to negotiate for several players for each position. So, it is likely that Zaniolo is a potential fallback option if the likes of Richarlison or Raphinha prove too expensive. Spurs fans should not get carried away by the speculation linking the 22-year-old with a move to North London.

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