Multiple sources, including Fabrizio Romano and Alfredo Pedulla, are now reporting that Galatasaray are in talks with AS Roma over a deal for Nicolo Zaniolo, who was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham during the January window.
Until the final two weeks of the January window, it appeared as if Zaniolo was Tottenham’s top attacking target, with some reports claiming at the time that the Lilywhites were nearing an agreement with Roma for the 23-year-old (90 min).
However, Spurs ended up taking Arnaut Danjuma on a season-long loan from Villarreal, with the Italian international instead staying at the Stadio Olimpico despite also having received interest from Bournemouth and was said to have snubbed a move to the south coast (Sky Sports).
It has since been reported over the last few days that the winger has been frozen out of Jose Mourinho’s plans and might not play again for the Giallorossi unless he apologies for his behaviour (La Repubblica via CalcioMercato).
It has now been suggested that a move to Galatasaray could be on the cards for Zanioloi, with Romano taking to social media to reveal that the player is considering the switch to the Turkish club since he is not part of Roma’s project.
Understand Galatasaray have opened official talks to sign Nicolò Zaniolo. AS Roma want permanent move, no way for straight loan — Gala, discussing about terms of the deal. 🚨🟡🔴🇹🇷 #Gala
Zaniolo, considering this opportunity now as he’s out of AS Roma project. pic.twitter.com/uGWgGgZAcL
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 5, 2023
Pedulla has offered more information on the proposed transfer, revealing that Galatasaray are prepared to offer €18m (£16.1m) plus €4m (£3.5m) in bonuses for the winger.
However, he explains that while the Serie A club are ready to accept the proposal, Zaniolo is yet to give a green light for the move.
#Zaniolo: l’offerta #Galatasaray è 18 milioni più 3-4 di bonus, andando oltre il prestito con diritto e garantendo il riscatto. La #Roma sarebbe intenzionata a considerarla, ma serve il sì di #Zaniolo che ancora non c’è
— Alfredo Pedullà (@AlfredoPedulla) February 5, 2023
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I can understand why Conte and Paratici might have wanted Zaniolo as his ceiling is clearly quite high. However, the transfer would have been a huge gamble, given his recent form and injury record, which might have been why Tottenham insisted on a conditional obligation to buy.
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