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Spurs: Fabio Paratici handed boost in Nicolo Zaniolo pursuit

Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a boost in their bid to bring Nicolo Zaniolo to north London this summer.

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That’s according to a report by Italian media outlet Il Messaggero (via Sport Witness), who claimed that AS Roma are now open to the possibility of the 22-year-old’s departure this summer.

Jose Mourinho’s side are reportedly willing to sanction a loan deal with an obligation to buy, with this clause believed to be in the region of €50m (£43m).

The report added that Tottenham, Juventus and AC Milan are all interested in a move for the Italy international ahead of their respective upcoming campaigns, with the Bianconeri believed to have already submitted an offer for the former Inter Milan starlet.

Kulusevski 2.0

Considering the sheer amount of potential that Zaniolo undoubtedly possesses, it is not difficult to understand why Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte would be interested in a deal to bring the 22-year-old to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.

While it is true that a number of injuries have severely hampered the £34m-rated talent’s development in recent years, the versatile forward more than proved that he is getting back to his brilliant best for Roma in 2021/22.

Indeed, over his 10 appearances in the Europa Conference League last term, the £75k-per-week attacker was in sensational form for the Giallorossi. He scored five goals, registered four assists and created three big chances for his team-mates, along with taking two shots, making 1.1 key passes and completing 0.8 dribbles per game.

These returns saw the player who Nick Mercadante dubbed “unreal” average a remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.11, ranking him as Mourinho’s sixth-best player in the competition as the forward played a key role in Roma going on to secure the first-ever Europa Conference League title.

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As such, should Zaniolo continue this form following a potential summer switch to north London, the 22-year-old could very easily prove to become Tottenham’s next Dejan Kulusevski.

The Sweden international immediately impressed following his arrival from Juventus in January, contributing five goals and eight assists in the league alone, and the prospect of the Roma gem making a similar impact upon swapping Serie A for north London is sure to excite Spurs supporters and Conte alike.

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