For a good while, Nicolò Zaniolo was the centre of attention in the Italian media.
The young playmaker caught headlines last season when he emerged as the breakthrough talent in a competitive AS Roma side, which led to multiple rumours.
One club who kept popping up were Tottenham, with it even suggested back in July 2019 that the North London club had offered him a ‘multi-million’ deal to lure him away from Italy’s capital.
That never happened, since he stayed in a bid to continue his development and get regular first-team football, but a serious injury to his knee ligaments kept him out for most of the current campaign.
Now back on track and close to a return to training, he’s once again the talk of the town as the local media are glad to see him healthy once more.
However, the interest hasn’t gone away, and Leggo in Italy explain Juventus remain keen to bring him in, while Manchester United and Tottenham ‘have been pressing for months’.
This all stems from the fact Roma might have to sell in the summer, and while Zaniolo himself ‘would not want to leave Roma’, he might not have a choice.
But, and it’s a big one, only an offer ‘in excess of €60m’ would see Gianluca Petrachi ‘almost be forced to negotiate yet another painful sale’.
It remains to be seen if anyone will be willing to spend that much on a youngster only just back from a serious injury.
While Tottenham might have the cash to meet that amount, they could be tempted to spend it elsewhere on someone that might not be as much of a gamble in the current circumstances.