Over the past week or so, Tottenham’s interest in Nicolò Zaniolo has reemerged in the Italian media.
Spurs were already linked well before the arrival of Fabio Paratici, with rumours about wanting to sign the Italian prodigy during the José Mourinho era, but nothing ever came of them.
Since then, the Portuguese manager has moved to AS Roma, where he gets to work with Zaniolo, and his return to the starting line up on Thursday evening went well.
The Serie A side saw off Zorya Luhansk in the UEFA Europa Conference League, a game during which the playmaker found the back of the net in the 33rd minute and also picked up an assist, and now Calciomercato have an update on Tottenham’s desire to sign him.
Despite being tied down to AS Roma until 2024 from a contract he signed in 2019, the midfielder is said to be in talks for a renewal, or at least was.
The Italian outlet explain that, as things stand, the contract negotiations are ‘frozen’, which is an issue since the club consider him to be ‘non-transferable and want to make him a pillar of the team for the next few seasons’.
The negotiations, however, ‘have suffered a slowdown’, with Roma’s tough start to the campaign having an impact on this.
In the event of a ‘break-up’, as they put it, Juventus is a club Zaniolo ‘likes a lot’, but ‘attention to Tottenham’, where ‘both Antonio Conte and Paratici are two great admirers’ of the player.
Indeed, ‘Spurs need to intervene in depth on the market as early as January’, but Roma are seen to be ‘firm in their position’ for the time being.
Something to keep an eye on.