Alfredo Pedulla has dropped an update on the future of reported Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Nicolo Zaniolo.
In a recent post on his personal website, the Italian journalist revealed that, despite Fabio Paratici’s reported meeting with AS Roma’s Tiago Pinto regarding a deal for the 23-year-old forward, the Italy international is currently prioritising a move to Juventus ahead of a switch to the Premier League this summer.
However, a further report by the Daily Express suggests that the Spurs sporting director could hold an advantage over the Old Lady in a move for the former Inter Milan starlet, as the 49-year-old possesses an excellent relationship with a number of Serie A clubs due to his own spell working in Italy.
While it would appear as if Paratici will have his work cut out if he is to convince Zaniolo of a £60m move to north London this summer, should the Italian be successful in his pursuit of the nine-cap international, it would undoubtedly represent an extremely impressive piece of business by the sporting director.
Indeed, over his 10 appearances in the Europa Conference League last season, the £34m-rated talent more than proved he is getting back to his best following two serious cruciate ligament injuries, scoring five goals, providing four assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.0 shots, making 1.1 key passes and completing 0.8 dribbles per game.
These metrics saw the £75k-per-week forward who Nick Mercadante dubbed “unreal” and Cristiano Masitto labelled “ingenious“ average a sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.11, ranking him as Mourinho’s sixth-best performer in the tournament – playing a key role in I Giallorossi going on to lift the inaugural Conference League trophy.
The 23-year-old also returned impressive numbers over his 28 appearances in Serie A last time out, scoring two goals and registering five assists as Roma secured a sixth-place finish in the Italian top flight.
As such, it is clear to see that Zaniolo would make an exceptional addition to Antonio Conte’s attacking options at Spurs next season, leading us to believe that Paratici simply must do everything in his power to beat Juve to the playmaker’s signature this summer.