According to The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are lining up a £40m summer bid for Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, but it would prove to be a big risk given he has one of Dele Alli’s worst traits – a questionable temperament on the pitch.
Well, The Mirror report that Mauricio Pochettino wants the 19-year-old in his Spurs side next season, and he hopes to beat Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich to his signature.
The Argentine manager may well face a battle to prise the teenager away from the Italian capital however, given he has four years on his contract and has recently said that he sees his future at the Stadio Olimpico.
As per The Mirror, Zaniolo said: “I see my future at Roma, but my agent will talk to the club at the end of the season.”
The report adds that Roma will do everything to keep the midfielder, who has scored six goals and provided a further two assists in 35 appearances in all competitions this term, and will offer him a bumper new contract.
He is clearly a talented player, but his record of ill-discipline would be a worry and something that would need to be sorted.
Pochettino already has an attack-minded midfielder in Alli that has shown in the past that he has a nasty streak in his game, although six bookings and one red card in 50 games for Spurs this term suggest he is improving in that regard.
Meanwhile, Zaniolo has 10 bookings in just 35 outings for Roma, including three in his final three Serie A appearances of the 2018/19 campaign.
Two of those came straight after he served a one-match suspension for accumulating five yellow cards, which suggest that he didn’t exactly learn his lesson.
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The 19-year-old may be a promising talent, but that side of his game is a concern if he is to move to north London.