Report: Tottenham have talked to Roma about Alderweireld swap deal

Kieran Trippier of Tottenham Hotspur and Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur (not pictured) scored their second goal during the Premier League...

Tottenham Hotspur may have new hope in their pursuit of Nicolo Zaniolo.

Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 1, 2019 in...

According to The Guardian, Tottenham Hotspur have spoken to Roma about a swap deal involving Toby Alderweireld and Nicolo Zaniolo.

Spurs tied up two new signings today, landing winger Jack Clarke before loaning him back to Leeds United, and then completing a club-record deal for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.

Mauricio Pochettino will have his eye on more additions after breaking the run of more than 500 days without a new signing, and Zaniolo has been a top target.

 

It's now believed that Tottenham have spoken about a deal which would see defender Alderweireld head to the Italian capital in a part-exchange move.

The report adds that Tottenham have already offered right back Kieran Trippier and left back Danny Rose to Roma, but they're only interested in Alderweireld.

Roma would happily take Alderweireld having just let Kostas Manolas join Napoli, but the move will be hugely divisive on the Tottenham side of things.

Nicolo' Zaniolo of AS Roma during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Udinese at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy on 13 April 2019.

Alderweireld is a hugely popular player at Tottenham, and fans would much rather see him sign a new contract than move on this summer, as he'll be difficult to replace.

Yet the flip side is that Alderweireld can be signed for a £25million release clause this month, and it may be better to use him to reduce the asking price of a talented teenage playmaker like Zaniolo, who hit six goals and two assists in all competitions.

The Italian would be a major talent for the future, but giving up Alderweireld won't go down with some – certainly less popular than letting Rose or Trippier go.

Kieran Trippier of Tottenham Hotspur and Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur (not pictured) scored their second goal during the Premier League...

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