- Attacking midfielder Nicola Zaniolo has reportedly asked to leave AS Roma
- He has struggled to fit into Jose Mourinho’s team and the club could cash in
- Zaniolo has scored just once in 13 appearances, but is still extremely talented
Roma midfielder, Nicola Zaniolo has expressed a desire to leave the club in a major boost for Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
The two North London clubs have expressed interest in Zaniolo in the summer transfer window, and an opportunity just might have presented itself this month.
Zaniolo has struggled to settle in at Roma and was recently booed by fans, following the club's weekend win over Genoa.
According to Express, Zaniolo has expressed frustrations to his family and close friends, and is angling towards a move away from the Stadio Olimpico.
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Arsenal and Tottenham could be tempted with a cut-price deal for the attacking midfielder, who - according to reports in Italy - could go for around £35-million in a permanent transfer.
Roma understands full well that Zaniolo’s value could depreciate tremendously, hence the need to cash in on him sooner rather than later.
In the Serie A this season, the Italian has struggled under manager Jose Mourinho, making 13 appearances and scoring just once.
The Italian club is also reportedly open to accepting a loan deal, provided there is an obligation to buy at the end of the season.
Arsenal, Chelsea in the market
Both Chelsea and Arsenal have been making revamps to their squads in January, with the Blues proving to be the busier side in the transfer market.
So far in January, the Blues have secured the signings of David Datro Fofana (£10.6m, Molde), Benoit Badiashile (£33.6m, Monaco), Andrey Santos (£11m, Vasco da Gama), Joao Felix (loan, Atletico Madrid) and Mykhaylo Mudryk (£62.5m, Shakhtar Donetsk).
Arsenal recently completed the signing of the talented Leandro Trossard, who will be availed on Friday after the Gunners agreed a £27-million deal with the Seagulls.
Conte reacts to Tottenham defeat
Sports Brief also reported on Antonio Conte making telling comments, after Tottenham suffered defeat to Manchester City on January 19.
The Italian is out of a deal at the club in the summer, and there are no signs of a contract renewal in the near future.
Conte spoke after the defeat to the Citizens, boldly claiming his demands at Spurs were not close to those he had made at clubs he previously managed.