REPORTS: Tottenham in active negotiations with Roma for Nicolo Zaniolo

Here’s a rumor you’ve got in all probability heard about by now. According to Santi Aouna from Foot Mercato, Tottenham Hotspur is presently in negotiations with Roma, their pleasant opponent on Saturday in Haifa, Israel, for the switch of attacking midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.

OK, so first — I do know this rumor has been in the wild now for what looks like ages, however there is a motive why I have never written about it prior to now, and that is as a result of the vast majority of the rumors have originated in the marginally shady and positively unreliable corners of the Italian soccer media ecosystem. And whereas Tottenham now have an Italian supervisor and Director of Football, which means that we have to take Italian media extra critically than we used to, that does not imply that we have now to take every thing in tuttomercatoweb as gospel. As a corroborating level to this, actually the one factor I’ve seen in the English media about Zaniolo and Tottenham was a throwaway line from The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare on a podcast that talked about it as a risk.

All that stated, now we have now the French media getting in on the motion right here and so there’s now a ton of smoke about this, to the purpose the place we will not actually ignore it anymore. Zaniolo to Tottenham has been a type of zombie switch rumors that we have recognized about for actually years — in case you search the Carty Free archives, you will see rumors a few Zaniolo swap for Toby Alderweireld all the way in which again in 2019.

Tottenham have been rumored to be dribble artistic midfielders, and Zaniolo actually qualifies as one, alongside with Leicester’s James Maddison. Zaniolo’s had a little bit of a tough go of it over the previous couple of years, sustaining a few unhealthy knee accidents together with one which brought about him to overlook the vast majority of final season earlier than being introduced again into the Roma workforce by, of all individuals, Jose Mourinho. But with Roma signing Paulo Dybala, in keeping with Foot Mercato that makes Zaniolo surplus to necessities, and Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte are stated to each like him an ideal deal. Zaniolo’s Roma contract expires in 2024, so this is able to be a fairly good time for Roma to promote him in the event that they need to get something near an honest return.

I have no idea. He’s nonetheless fairly younger (23), however the accidents to Zaniolo over the previous couple of years scare me considerably, and I’m actually uncertain whether or not signing a younger Italian expertise out of a Jose Mourinho facet is an efficient or unhealthy factor at this level … that period has left indelible scars on my psyche. However, there are additionally unsourced rumors floating on the market that Spurs have Lyon’s Lucas Paquetá lined up in the occasion Zaniolo falls via, and albeit if we’re going after a dribbly artistic midfielder I’d MUCH quite have Paquetá.

I’m nonetheless undecided how satisfied I’m that the Zaniolo rumors are a factor, and I’m additionally undecided how a lot I belief a younger child with a pair of surgically-reconstructed knees. But as at all times, I defer to my commonplace ethos of “If Conte desires him, who am I to argue.”

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