Tottenham ‘very close’ to Nicolo Zaniolo transfer but £42m price sees deal canceled | Soccer | sport

Tottenham almost signed Roma striker Nicolo Zaniolo in the summer before the deal was called off due to the Italian club’s valuation of the player at £42million, according to reports. Spurs have been busy in the transfer market this summer and have started the new Premier League campaign in fine form.

According Corriere dello Sport, Roma sporting director Tiago Pinto nearly struck a deal with Spurs to bring Zaniolo to England. However, Roma’s Friedkin family owners ended the transfer at the last minute.

As things stand, Tottenham are unwilling to pay the fee Roma are seeking. And the 23-year-old therefore seems destined to stay in Italy this season.

Jose Mourinho is keen to keep Zaniolo at the Stadio Olimpico, with suggestions the player could even decide to extend his current contract with the club. The Italy international, who has won nine caps for his country, moved to Roma from Inter Milan in 2018 and is under contract with his current employers until the summer of 2024 after signing new terms in 2019.

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Zaniolo scored eight goals and nine assists in 42 outings in Mourinho’s debut campaign at the helm last term as he helped his side win the Europa Conference League as he scored the game’s only goal in final against Feyenoord. And he started Roma’s Serie A opener this season as his side beat Salernitana 1-0 last Sunday.

Tottenham may now decide to turn to other transfer targets, despite having already welcomed seven new faces to the club this summer. Antonio Conte, who started his tenure at Spurs last November, has been well supported in the transfer market and has landed Ivan Perisic, Destiny Udogie, Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence and Fraser Forster on permanent deals as well as Clement Lenglet on loan. from Barcelona.

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Tottenham have been tipped to challenge for the Premier League title this season following their big money transfer deals and kicked off their campaign on the right foot earlier this month as they beat Southampton 4-1 in north London in their opening game.

They backed up that result by winning a 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as Harry Kane equalized deep in stoppage time late in the game. On Saturday, Kane scored another goal as Lilywhites beat Wolves 1-0 – and the side finished the weekend fourth in the Premier League table.

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Eleanor C. William