Tottenham Hotspur are keen to sign Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo, although Jose Mourinho does not see him as a top priority this summer.
Recent reports suggested that the Lilywhites are leading the race to sign him in the summer, alongside Juventus and Inter Milan. According to Fabrizio Romano via The Guardian, as per @Daily_Hotspur, Spurs consider Zaniolo as a potential signing for the future despite his impressive performances this season.
Tottenham are understood to be tracking Zaniolo but there is an added catch. While the north London club regard the Italian as a considerable prospect, Mourinho has made it clear that the wonderkid is not his biggest concern in the transfer window, as he has stepped up his pursuit of Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg instead.
Spurs were prepared to offer £30m for the 21-year-old Italian international last year but this fell short of Roma’s asking price.
Romano revealed earlier this week that they have no chance of signing him this summer anyway as Roma are refusing to sell him. The transfer guru claimed that the Giallorossi are ready to hand him a new deal, which would keep him at the club until 2025, despite the fact he risks being frozen out by Paulo Fonseca.
The pair have had a very public falling out, although the manager has moved to deny all reports of a rift after Zaniolo came off the bench to score in the 6-1 drubbing of SPAL on Wednesday.
It is no secret that Spurs struggled to score goals during Harry Kane’s absence, while they have arguably failed to fill the void left by Christian Eriksen, even though Mourinho has moved to use Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks together to great effect in recent weeks, but he still wants to sign a new playmaker to add depth to his squad.
To all intents and purposes, Zaniolo seems fully committed to the Serie A side, as he reiterated his desire to stay with Roma on social media. However, he could be one to watch out for in the future if the Lilywhites decide to resume their interest further down the line.
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