Reports claim Spurs need to clear squad before pushing for 23-year-old after Paratici phone call

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Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici has been in contact with Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo but the Lilywhites need to clear their squad before pushing for a transfer, according to reports. 

Journalist Paolo Bargiggia reports Spurs are monitoring Zaniolo’s situation with Juventus easing their pursuit, and Paratici recently spoke to the 23-year-old’s agents by telephone. 

However, Alessio Lento has claimed they first need to ‘thin out’ their squad before progressing with a potential deal, while talks to extend the Italian’s contract could begin in September if he stays put. 

Spurs’ interest in Zaniolo has intensified in recent days with CalcioMercato claiming Roma turned down an offer containing £25 million plus defender Joe Rodon as an opening bid. 

Zaniolo enjoyed a positive full season for the Giallorossi last term as he bounced back from a major knee injury. 

Emerging as a key man in their Europa Conference League-winning campaign, he scored six goals en route to the trophy (Transfermarkt) and was often played next to England striker Tammy Abraham. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

Spurs have a growing squad now after adding six players this summer so it will be obvious that they need to clear some space if they are going to make more signings. 

They do seem very keen on Zaniolo but with so many players in midfield and up front currently, it is hard to see where he really fits. 

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