It has certainly been a summer of change for Tottenham Hotspur as they splash the cash on new additions to build and strengthen their squad ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Daniel Levy may have had a tight grip on his cheque book over the last 18 months or so after Spurs failed to sign a single player in the last two transfer windows, however, with the new stadium all sorted and moved into, it seems he is willing to give Mauricio Pochettino the funds in order to compete in the transfer market and sign the men his manager wants.
A cool £63million was spent on Tanguy Ndombele, whilst a further £10m (plus bonuses) have been shelled out on Jack Clarke, whilst further funds could be spent over the coming weeks on the likes of Dani Ceballos, Dani Olmo, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon (to name but a few of the men linked with potential switches).
Nicolo Zaniolo is another man to have been rumoured with a switch to Spurs this summer; however, it appears Pochettino and company may have hit a stumbling block in their pursuit of the AS Roma midfielder that could be too difficult to overcome.
According to a report by Corriere dello Sport, the Italian is thought to be keen on a switch to Juventus this summer as he would prefer to remain closer to home, despite Tottenham having offered an ‘economically better deal’.
With the news that he appears to favour a move to Juventus and remain in Italy, it might only have to be considered a blow for Spurs this summer if they are not able to land him.
Zaniolo is certainly an individual that Tottenham could benefit by having in their team as he appears to have all the tools and traits to be a success in north London moving forward.
Firstly, with Pochettino preferring to utilise a 4-2-3-1 or 4-1-2-1-2 formation on a regular basis (WhoScored), the 20-year-old has the versatility to fit in perfectly as it is exactly the same as what Roma like to adopt as well.
And, Zaniolo has proved he can play rather well in that system. According to his own personal stats compiled by WhoScored, the £36million-rated (Transfermarkt) midfielder produced 1.8 shots per game (ranking third in the whole team), 0.7 key passes and completed an average of 1.5 dribbles per game (second most), whilst his passing skills were rather strong as well.
An 81.3% pass completion rate, roughly the same as what the likes of Christian Eriksen (81%) and Dele Alli (80.3%) averaged, would surely suit the type of football Pochettino likes his side to play, with an emphasis on ball possession being something the Argentine has spoken about in the past.
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