Report: Spurs came ‘very close to closing’ deal for 23-year-old this summer

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The print edition of Corriere dello Sport (22/08/22 – as relayed by Sport Witness) has claimed that Tottenham came ‘very close’ to snapping up Nicolo Zaniolo this summer but the winger is now likely to stay put at AS Roma.

CalcioMercato claimed on Thursday that Tottenham’s pursuit of Zaniolo may not be dead, with the report alleging that Antonio Conte continues to ‘strongly insist’ on bringing the winger to North London.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho said on Sunday that he sees the 23-year-old as an important part of the plans but couldn’t confirm whether the player would remain at the Stadio Olimpico (Express).

Corriere have now suggested that Zaniolo will remain a Roma player beyond the end of the transfer window as Tottenham nor any other club are willing to meet the Gioallorossi’s €50m (£42.3m) asking price for the player.

The report adds that Roma’s technical director Tiago Pinto came ‘very close to closing the deal’ that would have seen the Italy international join Spurs. However, the Friedkin family, who own Roma, allegedly pulled the plug on the deal at the last minute.

Corriere add that ‘barring twists and turns’, Zaniolo is ‘destined to remain’ at Roma and could even sign a new contract down the line.

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Given that both Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte are big fans of Zaniolo, one would expect Spurs to continue to keep an eye on the 23-year-old’s situation. If the winger does not sign a new contract within the next few months, I can see us going back in for him in January.

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