Tottenham sporting director Fabio Paratici has now personally made a proposal to sign Roma dynamo Nicolo Zaniolo, according to reports.
The Lowdown: Spurs eye attacker…
Brighton winger Leandro Trossard, for example, has been of real interest to Spurs according to reliable outlets like Sky Sports – but it now appears Arsenal may have leaped ahead in the race for his signing.
However, the Seagulls forward isn’t the only attacking player who could come in to strengthen manager Conte’s options this month.
Roma forward Zaniolo has attracted interest from the north Londoners in recent seasons with Tottenham allegedly making a bid in the most recent summer window.
They have reportedly reignited their interest this month and Sky journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has an update for supporters.
The Latest: Paratici personally makes Zaniolo offer…
Di Marzio states that Tottenham sporting director Paratici has personally ‘proposed’ a loan deal with the obligation to buy.
The obligation would be upon the ‘occurrence’ of various conditions but some good news for Spurs is that Roma chiefs have apparently gave the ‘OK’ for Zaniolo to seek a move away before the deadline.
The Verdict: Get it done?
His contract expires in 2024, potentially prompting Roma to green-light an exit for the player this month, and this aspect could hand Paratici and Spurs a strong hand in negotiations.
In terms of quality, the 23-year-old has just one goal in 13 Serie A appearances but has attracted more fouls per 90 than anyone in Mourinho’s side.
As well as this, Zaniolo has averaged their joint-second highest rate of shots at goal per 90 (WhoScored) – indicating he can be a real threat when at his very best.
Called a ‘prominent’ player by former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko, there are both strengths and weaknesses to the Italian’s current game – but a loan deal could come as fairly low risk on Spurs’ part.
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