Nicolo Zaniolo was a genuine transfer target for Tottenham in the summer, according to the player’s agent.
Claudio Vigorelli has admitted that Spurs “focused their attention on him seriously” before finally deciding to sign Giovani Lo Celso.
Argentinian Lo Celso arrived on loan from Real Betis with some reports suggesting they may have had to pay up to €16m.
Despite arriving on loan, Tottenham do have an option to sign the midfielder permanently and that will obviously depend on his progress this season.
However, the north London club did hold significant interest in Zaniolo, who broke through into the Serie A side’s first team last season.
“He renewed with Roma and is fine at Roma but obviously we enjoyed the great interest of Tottenham, who were the runners up in the Champions League,” Vigorelli said, as cited by the Daily Mail.
“Their concrete interest in him shows how good the boy’s season was.
“Spurs thought a lot about Nicolo before taking Lo Celso, they focused their attention on him seriously, more than any other club even beyond the Premier League.”
Spurs were tipped to sign Zaniolo as part of a swap deal for defender Toby Alderweireld, with Corriere dello Sport claiming that Roma were tempted by their offer of the Belgian plus €25m.
Zaniolo, 20, hit six goals and two assists in 36 appearances last season and has been capped twice by Italy.