Tottenham Hotspur director Fabio Paratici is ‘still in talks’ to sign Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo this summer, according to reports.
The Lowdown: Spurs eye Zaniolo move…
Who should Spurs sign before the window shuts?
A world class centre-back
Spurs head coach Antonio Conte, having been backed with six major signings already, is apparently keeping his eye on more potential incomings behind-the-scenes.
Paratici is tasked with negotiating these deals and ensuring the Lilywhites can strengthen Conte’s options as much as possible before the September 1 deadline.
The Latest: Lilywhites ‘still in talks’ for Zaniolo…
According to reports, there has been an update on the club’s now long-drawn-out pursuit of Zaniolo.
While the Serie A side ‘remain open’ to selling Zaniolo, chances of a loan-with-obligation are fading and Roma want a straight cash deal of €50 million (£42m).
The Verdict: Keep pushing?
Paying £42m outright for Zaniolo could be seen as a gamble but one which may hugely pay off going by the player’s potential.
His injury record is a cause for concern, but last season, the 23-year-old finished the Italian top flight campaign as one of Roma’s brightest attacking threats – completing more successful take-ons per 90 than any of his teammates (WhoScored).
Zaniolo’s age indicates there is also room for improvement and he could be a signing not just for now, but for the future as well, with members of the Italian media having even called him a ‘beast’ of a player.
Roma’s firm stance will certainly make things interesting as we enter the last few weeks of this transfer window.
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