AS Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo not interested in Tottenham Hotspur transfer move
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport [Print Edition] via Sport Witness (h/t Football.London), AS Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo is not interested in a potential move to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window. This news has dealt a damning blow to the English club and the prospect of reinforcing their ranks ahead of the next season.
Tottenham had Zaniolo on their radar and wanted to sign him this summer. But that does not seem to be on the cards as he has now rejected the prospect of teaming up with Antonio Conte at N17. However, he is subjected to interest from other clubs as well, with an exit potentially being on the cards as a result.
The Italian international is also a target for Juventus, AC Milan and Newcastle United, as all three clubs are vying to get hold of him this summer. Roma seem to be open to selling Zaniolo as they have set up an asking price of £43million for his signature.
Spurs needed Zaniolo?
The 22-year-old’s decision to turn down our advances when Newcastle is in the fray is quite mind-boggling after all. With all due respect, they are not of the same stature when compared to how we have fared, especially under Conte’s tenure.
An attacking midfielder in trade, Zaniolo had been converted into a right-winger by Jose Mourinho last season. The former took well to the new role and had even scored eight goals and assisted nine times from 42 games across all competitions.
Following Dele Alli’s exit, we lack someone who can play in the number ten position, and Zaniolo would have undoubtedly slotted into that role. However, that seems not to be on the cards after the latter passed on the opportunity to move to N17.
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Then again, perhaps it is for the best, considering how high the Serie A ace’s valuation is as of now. Instead, we could simply decide to move for Christian Eriksen, who has become a free agent at this moment. Eriksen has also proven his worth in recent months, and we could secure his services with no expenses.
It will be interesting to see what other options would be shortlisted in the coming days, as it is always good to have more backups at hand in case of further setbacks. We must improve our options in the squad this summer, especially if there are plans to win titles under Conte moving forward.