Tottenham have reportedly tabled a bid of €50m (£45.08m) for Nicolo Zaniolo which has been rejected by Roma.
The print edition of Corriere dello Sport claimed [via Sport Witness] that Spurs, along with three other clubs, each presented offers for that amount to the Serie A side, who duly turned down each bid, while their new owners have reportedly made him unavailable for transfer.
The article added that, had the global pandemic not made such a heavy impact on football clubs’ finances, Roma would likely have had to field offers of €60m-€70m (£54.1m-£63.12m) which may have been difficult to refuse.
Last month, Correire della Sera claimed that Tottenham were in pole position to sign Zaniolo, who has been touted as one of the hottest prospects in European football and even been earmarked as the heir to Roma legend Francesco Totti.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has been a regular presence in the Giallorossi’s line-up over the past two seasons and struck eight goals in 33 appearances last term, along with providing three assists (as per TransferMarkt).
Dele Alli, who takes up a similar playmaker role at Spurs, scored nine goals and set up six in 38 matches in 2019/20, with his figures marginally better than those of the Italian youngster.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has declared that, given the current financial circumstances in football, the club would not be spending “rivers of money” in the summer transfer window. They have already had an outlay of £43.74m in this window (as per TransferMarkt) when considering that Giovani Lo Celso’s permanent signing has been activated following the expiry of his initial loan deal, along with the acquisition of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton.
With Roma’s new owners seemingly declaring a strong ‘not for sale’ message for Zaniolo, and with Tottenham’s initial bid already being rejected, a deal for the 21-year-old appears unlikely in this transfer window.
Should Spurs be willing to spend more than £50m to get Nicolo Zaniolo?
However, with Corriere dello Sport‘s report suggesting that the Serie A side may be willing to sell at an increased amount, perhaps there is still a chink of light for Spurs if Levy casts off his frugal reputation and is willing to sanction a big-money offer for the Roma playmaker.
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