Report: Nicolo Zaniolo informs Tottenham Hotspur he wants to join

Niccolò Zaniolo during the Italian Serie A football match between A.S. Roma and Udinese at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, on april 13, 2019.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is said to be a big fan of Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.

Nicolo' Zaniolo of AS Roma celebrates scoring first during the Serie A match between AS Roma and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy on 3 April 2019.

According to Alfredo Pedulla, Tottenham Hotspur have been told by Nicolo Zaniolo that he will be open to a move to White Hart Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino is very keen to bring Zaniolo to Tottenham, as he rates the 20-year-old midfielder.

The youngster has impressed at Roma, and it has been claimed that Toby Alderweireld could move in a swap deal.

 

It has been suggested that Spurs would be willing to trade the Belgian defender and £24 million to get hold of Zaniolo.

The reports that suggest Zaniolo has agreed to a move to Tottenham conflict previous transfer updates this summer.

Goal had suggested that Zaniolo was going to pen a new Roma contract, but that has still not been signed.

Nicolo Zaniolo of AS Roma looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Porto and AS Roma at Estadio do Dragao on March 06, 2019 in Porto, Portugal.

It is arguable whether Tottenham would be getting a good deal by paying £24 million and Alderweireld for Zaniolo anyway.

Although Zaniolo is still very young, and could develop into a world-class player, but getting rid of Alderweireld would sting.

The centre-back is still one of Tottenham’s finest defenders and, despite his release clause being very low, there is now genuine hope that he may stay with Pochettino’s men, at least for this season.

However, Zaniolo was previously a £40 million target for Spurs (Calcio Mercato), so getting him for a cheaper price by including Alderweireld in the deal may be a compromise that Pochettino feels is worth making. 

Nicolo Zaniolo of Italy during the 2019 UEFA EURO U-21 Championship match between Italy U-21 and Poland U-21 at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna, Italy on 19 June 2019.

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