Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Tottenham’s players asked Nicolo Zaniolo to join Spurs during the friendly match between Tottenham and Roma in Israel at the weekend – a match that Jose Mourinho’s side won 1-0.

The 22-year-old has been closely associated with Tottenham for most of the summer. Last season, he returned from a double knee injury to shine under Mourinho with a 3-5-2 system. Tammy Abraham participated in most of the campaign.

However, it has also been used extensively or as the number 10. This variety may be something that Spurs are looking for. Reports this week said Mourinho had asked Oliver Skipp to be included in the Zaniolo deal – but Fabio Paratici said no.

The latest report says Roma want a £43m fee. Such a figure would tempt Roma to sell. However, they will also be open to a player-plus-cash deal. Tanguy Ndombele, Japhet Tanganga and Jiu Lo Celso at the table.

Now is the time for Tottenham. GDS also says that if Tottenham fail to land Zaniolo this summer, extending his contract becomes a priority in September. So, Spurs are keen – and the players are also looking to entice him with a move to Spurs.

Indeed, during the 1-0 loss to Roma, GDS says the Spurs players were trying to tell Zaniolo to join them during the match. Perhaps, a tactic from Paratici – asking the Spurs players to convince Zaniolo to go head to head.

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Tottenham players asked Zaniolo to join during a friendly match

Zaniolo would be an amazing signing. He is worth 43 million pounds. Forget the injuries, Zaniolo, Italy international. Versatile player and still 22. Young, but experienced. Aggressive, stubborn, but quality.

He’s very similar to Richarlison in that he can play in multiple players and he has that bite. What is best for spurs? Full cash fee, or swap? If they can get away with Ndombele wages as well, that makes perfect sense.

Reducing the cash duties and ridding themselves of the French would be an amazing feat. Ndombele will need to be persuaded to work under Mourinho again, and financially, he will have to cut his salary. But Zaniolo is a great player.

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In other news, ‘good for him’: £30m star applauded for rejecting Leeds United transfer

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