Matteo Superbi, who is the sporting director of Italian third-tier club Entella, has revealed that he expects the likes of Tottenham to come calling for AS Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo this summer.
After bursting onto the scene back in 2018, Zaniolo’s development has stagnated over the last couple of seasons due to injury woes.
It was reported back in February that Fabio Paratici is an admirer of the 22-year-old and Roma could be willing to listen to offers for the player in the summer starting from around £34m (Calciomercato.it).
According to Fichajes, Spurs could face competition from Juventus and Newcastle for the Roma star this summer.
Sky Italia subsequently claimed that Antonio Conte’s men ‘dream’ of snapping up the Italy international in the summer to partner him with Harry Kane.
Superbi believes Roma could make around €50m (£42.3m) from Zaniolo’s sale this summer and suggested that the winger could be bound for the Premier League.
When asked about the Italy international, he told Calciomercato.it: “I think a ’99 (year of birth) of that level could be worth 50 million.
“I don’t think I’m saying the wrong thing. It will be more a choice of Roma, who will decide what to do with Zaniolo, but that’s the value.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he was bought by a top English team; the real unknown is that despite being very young, he has already had two major operations. I wish him well and that he has given his all in terms of injuries.
“Nicolo has excellent technique but great physicality. The ball is in Mourinho’s court and Roma’s court. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were clubs like Juve, Tottenham or Manchester. It’s still an investment for big teams.”
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Zaniolo’s talent is not in doubt but he has not looked like the same player since returning from his ACL injury. So, clubs would be wary about spending big on the 22-year-old.
The fact that Kulusevski has hit the ground running in North London could also impact Tottenham’s plans regarding the likes of Dybala and Zaniolo, who also prefer to play off the right.
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