Mourinho to swoop for Man Utd target dubbed ‘perfect’ Eriksen successor

Date published: Sunday 24th November 2019 12:01

Tottenham will resume their attempts to sign Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo in the January transfer window, according to reports.

The 20-year-old has impressed for the Serie A side having scored five goals and assisted one other in 16 appearances so far this season.

Previous reports have linked the Italian international with a move to Manchester United and while Spurs themselves have also been credited with interest, it was believed that their pursuit would end following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino.

However, according to the Sunday Express, the appointment of Jose Mourinho at the helm has given Spurs chairman Daniel Levy a fresh impetus to chase a deal for Zaniolo.

The newspaper says that Tottenham are set to go for him in the January transfer window as they look to replace Christian Eriksen, who has shown no desire to extend his contract in North London, which expires in June.

It is also claimed that Zaniolo – a young talent who could be developed in the Premier League – could be ‘perfect’ for Mourinho’s team, as well as in the role of long-term successor to Eriksen.

The report comes only a few months after Zaniolo signed a new long-term contract with Roma that expires in 2024, but the Sunday Express says that Spurs are not put off by the fresh terms.



The midfielder has shown clear signs of progression in his second season in Roma’s first team, having netted only six goals in 36 appearances in his breakthrough season last term.

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