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Tottenham face a roadblock in pursuit of Nicolo Zaniolo

Nicolo Zaniolo, Six Sports

An important transfer update on Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of acquiring Roma player Nicolo Zaniolo has been provided by CBS journalist Ben Jacobs.

Antonio Conte is keen on bringing his compatriot to North London. Spurs have already made six signings in this window, signing Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence, with talks going on for Udinese prodigy Destiny Udioge. 

The Lilywhites qualified for the Champions League for the first time in three years last year, narrowly edging out their arch-rivals Arsenal. They are trying to bolster their squad so that they can perhaps take another step towards winning silverware that has eluded them for so long.

Zaniolo plays as an attacking midfielder, but can also fit on the right wing. In a sense, his style is similar to that of Dejan Kulusevski. He can provide the Swede with some competition in the squad while slotting in midfield if Conte needs tactical flexibility.

And recently good news has emerged for Spurs fans. Zaniolo is reportedly “open” to joining Conte. More negotiations are likely to take place next week as Daniel Levy and Fabio Paraticci work to reduce Roma’s exorbitant asking price.  

Former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is reluctant to let Zaniolo leave though. It is understandable, as the 23-year-old is one of the most naturally gifted players in Italy.

Spurs Bid For Zaniolo

But now, 90min report that Roma are not pleased with Tottenham’s most recent bid for the 23-year-old. The Serie A club rejected Spurs’ offer of a season-long loan with an obligation to buy for €25 million. They offered them an additional €10 million in add-ons as well. They insist that they receive at least €50 million if they are to consider a transfer of Nicolo Zaniolo at all.

This will come as a blow to the North London team. They made a superb start to the season with a 4-1 win over Southampton. If Zaniolo cannot be done, Conte will hope that the likes of Lucas Moura and Bryan Gil can step up.

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