Report shares Mourinho request as Newcastle join Tottenham in race for £34m star
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Report shares Mourinho request as Newcastle join Tottenham in race for £34m star

Newcastle United have joined Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Nicolò Zaniolo, but Calciomercato reports that Jose Mourinho wants the 22-year-old to stay at Roma until the summer.

Zaniolo looks to be well on his way towards bouncing back from not playing a single game last season due to injury. In fact, he has completed 90 minutes in their last two Série A games.

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Interestingly, it appears that the youngster is growing frustrated in the Italian capital. Calciomercato suggests that he is concerned about the treatment he receives in league games after spending so long on the sidelines earlier in his career.

It is also noted that he has started to gain a reputation for being someone who goes to ground too easily.

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Mourinho has recently claimed that he needs to consider leaving. And it appears that he has a new admirer in the Premier League.

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Calciomercato reports that he has been a long-time target of Tottenham. But the report adds that Newcastle have also put the Italy international on their radar.

For his part, Mourinho has made it clear to the Roma hierarchy that he does not want the £34 million-rated starlet to leave until the summer.

Zaniolo would be a seriously exciting signing for Newcastle

The beauty of signing Zaniolo for Newcastle would be that he can fill in in almost midfield role. He tends to play further forward.

This season, he has predominantly played on the right wing, with Mourinho even deploying him up front.

Obviously, there is an element of risk attached. He is still a young player who has had to deal with two serious injuries in his career already.

And the £34 million fee adds to the gamble.

But clearly, if the Premier League brings the best out of him, he could be an absolutely amazing signing for Newcastle or Spurs.

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