Tottenham’s Zaniolo interest revealed

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Manchester United are believed to have joined the race to sign the highly-rated Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.

Tottenham were seriously considering making a move for Nicolo Zaniolo during the summer, according to the Roma midfielder's agent.

After failing to add to their squad during the two previous transfer windows, Tottenham enjoyed a relatively busy summer, bringing in Tanguy Ndombele for a club-record fee of £54million, as well as Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Clarke, with the latter returning to Leeds on a season-long loan deal.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were also linked with the likes of Paulo Dybala and Bruno Fernandes during the closing weeks of the transfer window, while it now appears they were also interested in signing Italy international Zaniolo.

That’s according to the 20-year-old’s agent, Claudio Vigorelli, who has confirmed Spurs held a concrete interest in his client, but they ultimately chose to go with Argentine star Lo Celso instead.

“He renewed [his contract] with Roma and is fine at Roma, but obviously we enjoyed the great interest of Tottenham, who were runners-up in the Champions League,” Vigorelli told the Daily Mail.

“Their concrete interest in him shows how good the boy’s season was. Spurs thought a lot about Nicolo before taking Lo Celso, they focused their attention on him seriously – more than any other club even beyond the Premier League.”

Zaniolo’s long-term future now seems to be at Roma after he signed a new five-year contract with the Giallorossi last month – a deal that will keep him at the Stadio Olimpico until the summer of 2024.

New Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has played Zaniolo in a more orthodox central midfield role over the opening weeks of the new season and Vigorelli believes his client is starting to show similarities to that of former Tottenham star Paul Gascoigne, who spent time playing in Serie A with Roma’s city rivals Lazio during the 1990s.

“Now Fonseca is playing him in central midfield, a position he likes, where he can become just like Gascoigne: devastating with his technique and quality,” Vigorelli added. “He is a creative player who has pace and muscle, which is a rare commodity in Italy.”