Tottenham Hotspur are interested in Nicolo Zaniolo…
That’s according to transfer insider Dean Jones, who provided an update on Spurs’ pursuit of the AS Roma midfielder to GIVEMESPORT this week.
Antonio Conte’s side have been linked with a move for the 23-year-old in recent weeks, with a creative midfielder thought to be next on the agenda for the Italian head coach.
“I do think there’s something in the links, I do think he’s a player that Tottenham are interested in,” the journalist said.
“If you consider Conte’s setup and consider the type of player he’s been signing, I think Zaniolo would be a really good fit.”
The north London outfit have conducted some impressive business so far in the transfer window, bringing in no fewer than six new signings, ranging from a £60m splash in Richarlison to a loan swoop for Clement Lenglet.
But perhaps there is one missing piece in the fact that Conte is lacking a creative presence in the engine room, with the likes of Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso reportedly on the chopping block.
It’s a role that has been something of a problem for Spurs, ever since Christian Eriksen departed the club back in January 2020, where he joined Conte’s Inter Milan.
Zaniolo, dubbed “explosive” by Roma legend Francesco Totti, would be a “really good fit,” just as Jones suggests.
During the 2021/22 campaign, the Italy international delivered eight goals and nine assists, proving to be a key threat in front of goal for former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho over in Rome.
He also ranks inside the top 3% for through balls (0.32 per 90) and the top 8% for successful dribbles leading to a shot (0.50 per 90), when compared to his positional peers across Europe, via FBref.
Zaniolo’s former coach at Inter, Stefano Vecchi, even believes he’s similar to Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, two players renowned for their ability to deliver attacking contributions from the engine room in the Premier League.
On the above evidence, supporters should be hugely excited by this update from Jones. Zaniolo would be a remarkable seventh signing of the window and one that would surely leave the Spurs faithful absolutely buzzing.
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