Jose Mourinho is reportedly working incredibly hard to thwart Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes to sign Nicolo Zaniolo from AS Roma this summer, according to 90min.
Prior to being fired, The “Special One” spent 17 months with Spurs. He has been vociferous about Daniel Levy’s decision to let him go, and he may now exact retribution by dashing the dreams of his former team to recruit a fantastic player.
Jose Mourinho is fervently trying to thwart Tottenham’s Nicolo Zaniolo scheme.
Zaniolo from Roma has been strongly linked to a transfer to Spurs. The Italian has long been a goal for the North Londoners, and Fabio Paratici is making a strong effort to sign him.
According to the source, Tottenham submitted a proposal to recruit Zaniolo on a temporary basis this summer with a buy clause set at an initial cost of £21 million. Roma rejected the concept right away since they were not pleased with it at all.
Zaniolo’s sale by the Giallorossi is possible, but only if Tottenham agrees to pay their £42 million asking price. According to the source, the Roma manager is the main reason for his club’s resistance in the transfer talks with Spurs.
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Zaniolo, who scored eight goals and supplied nine assists across all competitions last season, is someone Mourinho is fervently trying to cling onto.
This may come down to the last day of the transfer window, which is still two and a half weeks away.
SportEarly View: Regardless of what Mourinho intended to do, Roma was never going to accept Tottenham’s original offer for Zaniolo.
The deal could fall through, though, because the 59-year-old is really pushing his side to be aggressive in discussions with Spurs.
Mourinho likely wants that since it ensures Zaniolo will remain at Roma for another year. The “Special One” would also triumph over his old employers, who fired him just a few days before the cup final, as an added bonus.
As things stand, Zaniolo is probably going to continue with Mourinho at Roma, so it will be fascinating to watch how this all plays out in the days to come.