Jose Mourinho ‘BLOCKED Tottenham’s attempts to land Roma star Nicola Zaniolo after the two clubs agreed a deal’… but Spurs ‘plan to give up Tanguy Ndombele in a bid to convince their former manager’
- Tottenham reportedly agreed a deal with Roma for star player Nicola Zaniolo
- The two top flight clubs ‘agreed on a loan move with a €50m obligation to buy’
- Jose Mourinho reportedly stopped the deal during final stages last Thursday
- Spurs are now ‘prepared to offer Tanguy Ndombele to Roma as part of the deal’
Roma boss Jose Mourinho intervened at the last minute to stop Tottenham from signing Nicola Zaniolo, according to reports.
The Italian club reportedly agreed to a loan deal and future €50million obligation to buy Zaniolo last Thursday, but the former Spurs manager blocked the negotiations in an effort to keep the talented 23-year-old.
It is believed the Serie A club are now only prepared to part with Zaniolo if Tottenham offer the proposed transfer fee up front.
Tottenham and Roma had ‘agreed a deal for Nicola Zaniolo before Jose Mourinho intervened’
The Portuguese head coach reportedly blocked the negotiations after the deal was agreed
In a bid to convince Mourinho to sell, Spurs are willing to offer up cash alongside midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The ex-France international has struggled to impress since his club record move of £65m to north London and was loaned back to his former team Lyon at the end of last season.
It seems the Spurs misfit could now prove a valuable part of Antonio Conte’s pursuit of Zaniolo, although it believed a first bid including cash and Ndombele has been snubbed by Roma.
Spurs are ‘prepared to offer up midfielder Tanguy Ndombele in a bid to convince Mourinho’
The Italian outlet claims that Zaniolo has already agreed to a salary package worth €4.5m per season at Tottenham and is excited by the opportunity of working under Conte in the Premier League.
Zaniolo notched eight goals and nine assists in all competitions last campaign and helped guide Roma to their Europa Conference League triumph in May.
Were a deal to be finalised, the playmaker would mark Tottenham’s seventh signing of the summer transfer window after Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic, Djed Spence, Fraser Forster and Clement Lenglet on loan.