Tottenham Hotspur were willing to pay an initial £44.6 million to sign Nicolo Zaniolo this summer, with Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport reporting that Spurs were ready to put a five-year contract on the table.
Zaniolo looks to have the potential to be one of Italy’s most talented players. The 21-year-old scored eight goals in all competitions for Roma last season. His tally is all the more impressive given that he suffered a serious injury in January.
Understandably, Corriere dello Sport is suggesting that Roma are planning to hold talks with Zaniolo over a new contract. However, those discussions will only take place after he seemingly rejected the chance to move to the Premier League.
The report claims that Spurs made an offer that could have been worth £53.5 million for the youngster Jose Mourinho asked for.
Corriere dello Sport adds that Tottenham were prepared to offer Zaniolo a five-year contract worth £3.5 million per year.
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Zaniolo looks to be an exceptional talent. However, it would not be a surprise if plenty of Spurs fans had their doubts about a potential bid for the midfielder.
Pragmatic is arguably the word to sum up Tottenham’s window thus far. They have signed proven Premier League players in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty.
And they have all arrived for reasonable fees, with Hart costing nothing at all.
With no big-money departures, it is difficult to see Spurs offering such a substantial fee, particularly for a player who suffered such a serious injury this season.