Tottenham Hotspur are set to continue their momentum in the transfer window with a £40m bid for Roma forward Nicola Zaniolo, according to reports from Calcio Mercato.
Zaniolo, 19, has shot to prominence for the Serie A side since arriving from Inter Milan, making his international debut for Italy in a 2-0 win over Finland in March.
The forward enjoyed a successful season in 2018/19, scoring four goals and registering two assists in 27 appearances despite Roma finishing in a disappointing sixth place in the league.
Juventus are also reported to be interested in Zaniolo’s signature, meaning any move from Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino is likely to be met with firm competition from the reigning Serie A Champions.
Following their run to the Champions League final, it would appear Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy has finally decided to loosen the purse strings and back his manager, with further moves for the likes of Giovani Do Celso and James Maddison reported to be in the pipeline.
The news of Spurs’ interest in Zaniolo comes amidst comments from midfielder Christian Eriksen that suggest the Dane may be seeking an exit from North London, and therefore a move for the promising Italian forward could represent the anticipation of Eriksen’s departure.
If Zaniolo is to arrive in North London this summer amidst a flurry of transfer activity, the Italian will have to compete with the likes of Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and Harry Kane for a starting berth, even if Eriksen is to depart.
At just 19, Zaniolo would represent a relative punt for Pochettino and Levy, but with international pedigree and experience at one of Italy’s biggest clubs, this is a player with the potential to compete for a place in the starting XI in Spurs’ bid for domestic and European success in 2019/2020.