Tottenham Hotspur are currently contemplating whether to match Roma’s €50million (£42.16million) valuation of Nicolo Zaniolo in the coming days, according to the Italian outlet Calciomercato.
Tottenham said to be are in the market for a creative midfielder (Evening Standard), and they are now assessing their options to sign Zaniolo to meet their needs.
Roma remain adamant that they will not sell him below their asking price of £42.1million, regardless of Paulo Dybala’s arrival on a free transfer (The Athletic).
Juventus have also expressed their interest in securing Zaniolo’s services, although he could also end up staying in Rome. Spurs are keen admirers of the Italian international and are evaluating whether to table an offer for the player or not in this transfer window.
Roma director Tiago Pinto is open to accepting an initial loan deal if an obligatory clause is included in the agreement. Fabio Paratici has met his Giallorossi counterpart multiple times with a decision set to be expected in the next three or four days.
The north London outfit are willing to facilitate an swap deal, but the Italian club have no plans to entertain such proposals despite Jose Mourinho’s interest in the likes of Japhet Tanganga.
We have brought in six players so far in this transfer window, and all of them could prove to be great acquisitions indeed. Udinese’s Destiny Udogie could be our seventh signing this summer (Fabrizio Romano), but we could still use a world-class centre-back and a creative outlet in our ranks to fill all the gaps within the team.
Zaniolo can be considered a suitable addition as he could solve one of the issues in our ranks. Even though Mourinho mostly used the 23-year-old as a right-winger in the previous season, he is primarily a number ten in trade.
We currently lack someone of that profile in our squad, considering how Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele are no longer in Antonio Conte’s plans moving forward (Daily Mail). Since the boss and Paratici like Zaniolo and the qualities that he brings to the table, there is no reason to see why we should not make an offer this summer.
Zaniolo is still on track to achieving his full potential, and he seems to have overcome the after-effects of the two long-term injuries that unfortunately plagued him in the past. With Dybala’s arrival, one could say that we can convince him to switch to London with Nicola Zalewski also providing competition for the starting spot.
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