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Tottenham have targeted the signing of Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo, according to The Express.
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Spurs have been tracking the attacking midfielder for some time now but a change in manager could have seen a change in approach in the transfer market, but Jose Mourinho too is reportedly interested in the playmaker.
With Christian Eriksen possibly on his way out in January, the Italy international would act as a like-for-like replacement and ensure the new boss still has creative players at his disposal.
However, he could face competition for his signature from his former club Manchester United, who are believed to be chasing a £50m deal for the 20-year-old.
Another point of difficulty for Spurs is that Zaniolo only signed a new five-year contract in the summer, and therefore it is possible that neither he nor Roma has any interest in him departing the club.
Tottenham have been reliant on the creativity of Christian Eriksen for several years now, and it is no surprise that his downturn in form has coincided with terrible results on the pitch.
The Denmark international looks a shadow of his former self and no longer seems happy in a Spurs shirt, which is reflected by his two goals and one assist this season.
It is probably best for both parties that he moves on, and another hungrier talent is brought in – Zaniolo fits the mould.
He is a different type of playmaker to Eriksen, more similar to Dele Alli in the way he finds space effectively in and around the penalty box, often making his way into goal-scoring positions – with seven goals to his name in 2019/20.
As a result, he would be a good addition to the squad and is a player Mourinho would need if Eriksen left. Although the Dane hasn’t reached his typical high standards, he still possesses a quality which could benefit the squad on occasion.
Daniel Levy bringing in a big-money signing would signal the ambition and trust he has in Mourinho, which would signal to him that the club wants to move in the right direction.