Fabrizio Romano has revealed that rumoured Tottenham Hotspur target Nicolo Zaniolo is out for up to five months after picking up his second ACL injury this year.
Tottenham reportedly saw an offer of £45million for Zaniolo turned down by Roma, with reports indicating that the North Londoners would have been willing to offer closer to £60 million without the financial impact of COVID-19 (Corriere Dello Sport via Sport Witness).
The 21-year-old has been a long-term target for Tottenham, with the club also linked with a move for him last summer, after he burst on to the scene during the 2018/19 campaign (Mirror).
However, recent reports have indicated that Roma are unwilling to let the rising star leave this summer.
The Italian international ruptured his ACL back in January that kept him out for six months (transfermarkt.com) but less than two months after returning to fitness, it looks like the midfielder has suffered another huge blow.
Romano took to social media to reveal that Zaniolo is now expected to go under the knife after picking up another ACL injury:
Confirmed @SkySport. Second ACL injury for AS Roma and Italian top talent Nicolò Zaniolo in just 8 months. He’ll be out until next February. Surgery expected for tomorrow. Stay strong Nicolò 🇮🇹 #Roma #Zaniolo
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 8, 2020
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ACL injuries are so difficult to recover from and some players are never quite the same when they return. So to rupture his ACL twice within a space of a few months is heartbreaking for Zaniolo, who looks to have everything in his locker to evolve into one of the best attacking midfielders in the world. In hindsight, Tottenham and Daniel Levy will be counting their lucky stars that their offer for the 21-year-old was rejected by Roma.
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