January 19, (THEWILL) – Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to make a renewed attempt to sign long-term target Nicolo Zaniolo.
Zaniolo was one of Tottenham’s top summer targets, but a loan deal was blocked by Roma’s Head Coach, Jose Mourinho. With 18 months left on his contract, Roma and Zaniolo are now ready to part ways, and the player’s representatives have made his availability known.
The 23-year-old is greatly admired by Spurs’ Head Coach, Antonio Conte and Managing Director of Football, Fabio Paratici, who has already had contact with his counterparts in Rome about a possible deal. Roma had priced Zaniolo at €50m last summer, but they could settle for a deal worth around €30m, which could be in the form of a loan with an obligation to buy.
However, there is rival interest in Zaniolo, with Borussia Dortmund and other English Premier League clubs aware of his availability. Leicester, Leeds, and West Ham are among those to have expressed an interest, but Tottenham are seen as Zaniolo’s preferred option.
Spurs had been interested in Brighton and Hove Albion’s Leandro Trossard, but with north London rivals Arsenal now closing on a deal for the Belgian international, they have turned their attention elsewhere.