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Transfer News: Tottenham handed major blow in pursuit of Nicolo Zaniolo

According to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football. London), Tottenham have been handed a huge blow in their pursuit of Roma attacker Nicolo Zaniolo with the Italian likely to stay in Rome next season.

The report claims that along with staying in Jose Mourinho’s side for the current campaign, the club and the player’s entourage have scheduled talks to discuss the option of renewing the player’s contract.

This would come as a huge blow for Antonio Conte and Tottenham who were keen on signing the talented Italian this summer. At one point it looked like this move would happen but that does not seem to be the case.

Nicolo Zaniolo in action for AS Roma. (Image: As tweeted by TheSpursWeb)
Nicolo Zaniolo in action for AS Roma. (Image: As tweeted by TheSpursWeb)

The 23-year-old attacker joined Roma from Inter Milan in 2018 and has since then been highly regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in Italian football. He has been through a lot in his relatively young career.

Players often find it difficult to recover from one anterior cruciate ligament injury and Zaniolo is a player who suffered two, one on either knee in the space of just twelve months. He still managed to come out strong from it.

Zaniolo played 42 times for Jose Mourinho’s Conference League-winning team last season scoring eight goals and providing nine assists across all competitions including the solitary goal in the finals against Feyenoord.

Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing Nicolò Zaniolo from AS Roma.
Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing Nicolò Zaniolo from AS Roma.

Spurs have had an unusually busy transfer window this time around and have secured as many as seven signings to date. Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Clement Lenglet, Fraser Forster, Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic, and Destiny Udogie have all become Spurs players in some capacity or the other.

It looks like Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte are not yet done in their pursuit of signing players this summer to reinforce the squad. Zaniolo would have been a useful eighth addition to the squad but it looks unlikely.

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Regardless, Spurs already have a squad that is capable of competing on all fronts this season. With a serial winner like Antonio Conte at the helm, the Lilywhites can be quietly confident of ending their trophy drought and only time will tell how things pan out.

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