Roma have lowered their asking price for forward Nicolo Zaniolo with Tottenham very keen on the Italian as Antonio Conte looks to strengthen his frontline.
According to the latest reports, Tottenham have already been told they will now have to shell out in excess of £42million, instead of £50m price tag, in order to land Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo this summer, or seek to reach a loan with an obligation to buy agreement for the Italian winger.
Both Conte and Tottenham chief Fabio Paratici are thought to be huge admirers of the 23-year-old attacker, who has seen an expected transfer to Juventus fail to come to fruition this summer. Spurs are now understood to be contemplating a move for the forward having learned of Roma’s demands.
Reported by ASRomaLive, the Italian outfit’s chief Tiago Pinto is believed to be only willing to sell Zaniolo for an outright offer in the region of £42m or through a loan agreement which includes an obligation to buy. The north London club are said to currently be evaluating whether or not to act on their interest and submit a proposal for the player in the coming days.
The Italian outlet states that Spurs have accepted such conditions set by the Giallorossi, but that doesn’t appear to have deterred Conte’s club from potentially seeking to exploit Roma’s interest in a number of their own players.
According to Alfredo Pedulla, Roma sporting director Tiago Pinto flew to London on Thursday to hold transfer talks with Spurs. Zaniolo is likely to have been at the top of the agenda, though ‘several other deals’ are thought to have been discussed.
Former Tottenham boss Mourinho, who is currently in charge of the side from the eternal city, is understood to be an admirer of Spurs defender Japhet Tangaga after his loan move to AC Milan fell off.