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Spurs: Fabrizio Romano claims Nicolo Zaniolo is open to north London transfer

Tottenham Hotspur have the approval of Nicolo Zaniolo over a potential move to north London this month but still need to convince Roma of their proposal.

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With just days remaining of the January transfer window, the Lilywhites are yet to bring any new faces through the doors at Hotspur Way.

This comes amid growing pressure on whether their manager, Antonio Conte, will see out the remainder of his contract, never mind put pen to paper on a new deal.

However, Fabrizio Romano has suggested the Liywhites have reignited their interest in Zaniolo from the summer and have made an approach to Roma.

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But speaking on his YouTube channel, the journalist has claimed the two clubs are still apart over the terms of a possible deal despite the player being keen on a move to Spurs:

“Roma are prepared to let him leave in January but Roma, at the moment, want around €35-40m for Zaniolo and a permanent transfer, not a loan. But Tottenham have decided in a very clear way that they will only sign Nicolo Zaniolo on loan, then, of course, this loan could include a buy option.”

“Tottenham are speaking to them about Zaniolo; I’m told the player would be really keen on the move, so the player would be happy to join Premier League in general and Tottenham in this case.”

First signing soon?

It has been a disappointing couple of months for Spurs with the results not going their way and the speculation surrounding the future of their manager not making positive reading.

However, last January saw the Lilywhites handed a new lease of life with the additions of Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur on the last day of the window.

The pair both arrived from Juventus and provided Spurs with a huge boost which, ultimately, helped them to land a spot in the top four.

And we do wonder whether this is what they are hoping for with the potential signing of Zaniolo who is a player they have been linked with for a while now.

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The Italian has – like Bentancur and Kulusevski – had his difficulties in Serie A making this a potential risk of a signing.

However, he is clearly someone who Spurs have had their eyes on for a period of time now with links going back to last summer’s transfer window.

The 23-year-old has shown some promise in Serie A with the Roma legend, Daniele De Rossi, speaking incredibly highly of him back in 2019:

“He has an incredible natural physique for someone who is only 19 and also has great technical quality. In my opinion, as perhaps with everyone now, he is already a very good player – and can become a great one,” he said.

But there will likely be some concerns among the Spurs fans of his low goals and assists return for Roma over the years with his highest return of six goals and two assists in a league campaign (via Transfermarkt)

However, perhaps the bigger concern should be surrounding his injury record with the Italian carrying an unwanted history already at the age of just 23.