There is growing speculation that AC Milan are interested in exploring a deal to sign Nicolo Zaniolo from Roma along with Spurs.
Tuttosport (via MilanNews) report that Milan’s January incomings have so far been limited to the arrival of Colombian goalkeeper Denis Vasquez and Paolo Maldini publicly stated that he would be the only arrival, yet in the last couple of days the Zaniolo speculation has been growing stronger.
Tottenham are keen on signing the Roma forward and they are of course the opponents of the Rossoneri in the round of 16 of the Champions League. Zaniolo already given his full approval to the Diavolo as well, but for now there is no negotiation, also because the Giallorossi at the moment seem willing to accept only a permanent deal or a loan with obligation to buy which is virtually guaranteed.
Under these conditions, Milan do not intend to make a move because they could only agree to a loan with option or at most an obligation linked to the player’s appearances and Champions League qualification, set at €20-25m.
Roma value Zaniolo at €40m and they are not willing to agree to such a formula at present, while after their win against Spezia last night José Mourinho had some interesting words on the situation.
“My feeling is that he will be here on 1 February. The transfer market is open and he has expressed the desire to leave, but this does not mean that he will leave,” he began.
“Nicolò is an important player, he has an important value and the things that are on the table are impossible to accept. If there is a significant desire to leave, there must be an equally significant offer.”
His words confirm that Roma are ready to satisfy Zaniolo’s request to leave, but will only do so on their terms, so it is now up to Milan and/or Tottenham to make an effort to convince the Giallorossi.