With pre-season well underway, and almost completed for some clubs, managers across Europe are looking to finalise their squads for the coming campaign. Nicolo Zaniolo is one player who a number of bosses have their eye on, so what are the best odds on the exciting prospect leaving Roma this summer?
Young, tall, boasting good feet and an eye for a pass as well as solid finishing, the Italian can play either in an attacking role or in a more withdrawn midfield position. Traits that are highly sought after, Zaniolo only joined Roma from Inter Milan last summer as part of the deal that took Radja Nainggolan to the San Siro, but it appears he could be on the move once again.
Unsurprisingly for an emerging Italian talent, Juventus have been heavily linked with the 6 foot 3 20-year-old. The Old Lady have already spent big on the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, but Maurizio Sarri has reportedly set his sights on Zaniolo and the Bianconeri are the 7/4 favourites to take him to Turin from the Italian capital.
Tottenham have also been credited with a strong interest, with the future of Christian Eriksen up in the air. The Danish playmaker only has a year left on his contract and has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, with Manchester United also asking to be kept in the loop should Spurs decide to cash in on a player who stated his desire to leave earlier in the window.
Those two clubs have also been linked with Zaniolo, as uncertainty remains over the future of Paul Pogba. Another player who’s gone public with his desire for a new challenge, United are digging their heels in over the French World Cup winner, with a valuation in the region of £180m apparently quoted. That could force Madrid to look for alternatives, with Zaniolo priced at 12/1 to head to the Bernabeu.
United meanwhile are 20/1, although they’re believed to have earmarked Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as Pogba’s replacement should his wish to leave be granted, while Bruno Fernandes is their top target. Tottenham meanwhile have already brought in central midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon, while they’re apparently chasing Juventus’s Paulo Dybala in a more advanced role.
Still, Spurs are the second favourites to snap up Zaniolo at 11/4, while the youngster is 5/4 to remain at Roma once the window slams shut across the continent. Other clubs of note who’ve also been linked include Barcelona, who are 16/1 to sign Zaniolo, although the Spanish champions have already strengthened the heart of their team with the capture of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax.