Sky Sports Italy have shared another update on Tottenham Hotspur and their interest in Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.
The Lowdown: Spurs eye move…
Fabrizio Romano then reported that any chance of a new deal for Zaniolo at Roma is completely off and his January exit is now a real possibility.
The Latest: Sky Sports share Zaniolo update…
Sky Italy have shared their own update on the situation.
The reliable news source claims the idea of an exit this month is ‘increasingly’ convincing for the player and his agents are now ‘working’ with Roma to find the best solution for both parties.
They also claim Tottenham are the only club to have actually ‘moved’ for Zaniolo, despite reports of other interest, but their conditions of a ‘loan deal with the right to buy out or at most with a conditional obligation’ haven’t satisfied the Serie A side.
It’s added that Zaniolo can only leave for a permanent fee of around €40 million (£35m).
The Verdict: Keep pushing?
It is arguably true that Spurs are in dire need of a figure who can come in and finally fill the hole left by former star Eriksen, especially as manager Antonio Conte seeks to guide his team to Champions League qualification.
As per WhoScored, there is reason to believe Zaniolo could inject some flair and creativity – with no Roma player averaging a higher rate of completed dribbles or fouls drawn per 90 last season.
He also ranked in their top three for shots at goal, and while he is arguably not at his best this year with just one Serie A goal, perhaps working under a manager like Conte could reignite a bright spark of form.
Zaniolo also has the physicality to be a success in England and under Conte, standing at a lofty 6 foot 3 and being praised in recent years for his ‘physically imposing‘ stature.
Depending on the conditions of a deal, a move for Zaniolo may well end up being a fruitful one.
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