Tottenham Hotspur chief Fabio Paratici has travelled to Milan for exit discussions, but according to reports in Italy, the Lilywhites official could also turn his attention to Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo.
The Lowdown: Paratici busy…
After sealing a flurry of major Premier League signings in Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence, sporting director Paratici is at work to orchestrate yet more Spurs activity.
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Having touched down in Milan, it is believed that the Spurs chief is there to find possible market solutions for Antonio Conte outcasts like Tanguy Ndombele and Bryan Gil.
There is also apparently a Thursday summit scheduled over a potential loan exit for defender Japhet Tanganga as Serie A giants AC Milan circle for the prospect.
The Latest: Spurs eyeing Zaniolo…
However, as per Calciomercato, Tottenham exit deals aren’t the sole purpose of Paratici’s visit.
Indeed, according to the Italian outlet and reporter Daniele Longo, his trip abroad could also give the managing director a chance to revisit a long-term ‘target‘ of his in Roma star Zaniolo.
Although Spurs would need to submit a ‘rich offer’ for the 23-year-old, it is believed that Roma would prefer selling overseas than to a direct domestic rival – potentially handing the north Londoners a boost.
The Verdict: Make the move…
Zaniolo would demand a significant investment on Tottenham’s part given the player’s alleged €80 million (£68m) price tag but we believe he could be worth it.
As per WhoScored, the Italian attacker proved a real menace under Jose Mourinho last season – attracting more fouls per 90 than anyone in their squad whilst also completing the most successful take-ons.
It’s hardly surprising he has been revered as a major talent with Serie A football critic Carlo Garganese even calling Zaniolo a ‘beast’.
One worry for Conte and co may well be the midfielder’s injury history but there is little denying he can seriously turn it on when fully fit and firing.
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