Tottenham to make incredible Nicolo Zaniolo swap deal, incensing Roma chief: report

Tottenham target Nicolo Zaniolo during the Italy Cup football match between AS Roma and Genoa CFC. Roma won 1-0 over Genoa.
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Tottenham want Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo in north London – and it's caused quite a stir in the Eternal City.

The Italian attacker who netted the winner for La Lupa's Europa Conference League win last season has been high on the priority list for a Tottenham Hotspur side who have lacked creativity and cutting edge this season. Zaniolo pulled out of Roma's squad for the game against Spezia at the weekend, reportedly handing in a transfer request (opens in new tab) amidst interest from the Premier League.

The 23-year-old only signed an extension to his deal last summer per Calciomercato (opens in new tab), however, seemingly ending exit speculation. Now, it's angered those in Rome who claim he's putting his own desires above Jose Mourinho's team.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on October 29, 2022 in Bournemouth, England.

Antonio Conte's time as Inter Milan manager never coincided with Zaniolo's time at the San Siro, with the player leaving before the manager arrived (Image credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

“All of us in football know there are two different seasons, one where the transfer market is closed and we can all relax a bit more, another when the transfer window is open and someone tries to put individual interests in front of those of the collective,” Giallorossi director Tiago Pinto told DAZN (opens in new tab), via Football Italia (opens in new tab).

“Unfortunately, it is not the first time this has happened. Today all those who are here have the desire and motivation to fight for Roma and bring the three points home.

“I might’ve made many mistakes, but from my first day at Roma to my last, the collective needs and interests of Roma will always come first.”

Tottenham are pursuing a swap deal involving Bryan Gil, according to Football Insider (opens in new tab) – while Roma would prefer £30 million upfront to their mesmeric attacker. 

Tottenham star Bryan Gil

Bryan Gil could be on the way to Roma in exchange for Nicolo Zaniolo (Image credit: Getty)

Gil actually joined Tottenham in a swap deal, swapping Sevilla for the Lilywhites in a transfer that saw Erik Lamela head in the opposite direction.

Zaniolo is valued at €30m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab)

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.