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AS Roma have reportedly identified Benfica star and Newcastle United target Goncalo Ramos as a replacement for Nicolo Zaniolo, with Tottenham keen on signing the Italian international.

According to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, the 21-year-old Portuguese forward has been selected by Jose Mourinho as the ideal player to succeed Zaniolo at Roma, with Tottenham one of many clubs interested in signing the 23-year-old midfielder.

Recent reports have suggested that Juventus are the frontrunners to sign Zaniolo, though no bid is yet to be made for the Italian, with Antonio Conte keen on bringing the youngster to north London as the Tottenham manager continues his rebuild at the club.

And Roma have seemingly found a replacement for their star player in Ramos, who is also wanted this summer by Newcastle and Nottingham Forest, with the Benfica star set to depart Lisbon after a great year with the Portuguese giants, though Mourinho’s side are seemingly the favourites to sign the youngster.

Indeed, this Roma transfer saga could have huge effects in the Premier League for both Newcastle and Tottenham, with the Magpies keen on signing Ramos with Spurs chasing Zaniolo, two moves who could improve the English sides greatly this summer.

Newcastle have been looking for an attacker all summer, and 21-year-old Ramos could be ideal for Eddie Howe’s plans given the forward’s age, potential and ability to play in numerous positions, whilst Conte has been chasing the £51m-rated Zaniolo for what feels like most of the summer.

Roma should be pushing hard to beat Newcastle to Ramos signing

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Zaniolo has looked set to leave Roma for what feels like months, and with the Italian’s departure moving ever closer, Mourinho must now be doing all that he can to beat Newcastle to the signing of Ramos, who could be perfect to replace the 23-year-old, with Alfredo Pedulla labelling the forward as ‘magical’.

After all, Ramos is coming off a great season with Benfica, and a move to Italy with Roma could be a smart next step for the Portuguese youngster, with the prospect of playing under Mourinho an exciting thought for the 21-year-old attacker.

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