Tottenham Hotspur have ‘no chance’ of signing Nicolo Zaniolo from AS Roma this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Writing in The Guardian, the Italian transfer guru revealed that Roma have rejected their interest in the wonderkid as they have no intentions of letting him leave the Stadio Olimpico. The Spurs manager made it clear that he wanted to sign Zaniolo in the summer but Mourinho has been dealt a bitter blow as the Serie A club’s manager Paulo Fonseca has insisted that he is not up for sale because the 21-year-old is part of his plans.
After arriving at Roma from Inter Milan for £4m in 2018, Zaniolo has been described as one of the best players of his generation, having broken into the first team and establishing himself as one of their key players in the process.
The five-cap Italy international has made 25 appearances in Serie A this season, scoring six goals, supplying one assist, taking 1.7 shots and successfully completing 2.2 dribbles per game on average (via WhoScored).
The attacking midfielder, who can also operate in a more withdrawn central midfield role, has been compared to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard and the Giallorossi claim that he is the heir-apparent to Francisco Totti. However, Roma are in no rush to sell him and have slapped an asking price of £50m on his head to ward off any potential suitors.
While he is surely a dream signing for Spurs, there is no way they would be able to afford him at the moment even if he were available in the transfer window.
After borrowing a huge £175m loan from the Bank of England to cover the costs of these uncertain times, Daniel Levy has insisted that he will not be spending “rivers of money” before the start of next season and Mourinho will have to look elsewhere if he wants to sign a new playmaker in the summer.
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