Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo will prefer a move to Milan over Tottenham, which is a big blow to Antonio Conte’s plans

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    Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo would prefer a move to AC Milan as opposed to Tottenham if he’s to shift in this transfer window. Antonio Conte has had admiration for him always, with Spurs making three attempts to sign him in the past three windows.

    Nicolo Zaniolo interested in a shift to AC Milan over Tottenham

    Reports suggest Milan is super interested and has decided to go for an initial loan fee of €2.6-3.6 million dollars with interest to buy, depending on Champions League qualification. 

    This would lead to a ‘minimum’ €22 million, that’s short of Roma’s recent €35 million price. Tottenham has offered a loan option with a proposal to buy at €30 million, but Roma desires an obligation clause, similar to Milan’s present proposal. 

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    Earlier, the Serie A champions had plans to push a deal through in the summer but recognized a deal must be done sooner or later. Reportedly, Spurs remain in the running, but Nicolo Zaniolo’s preference for Milan signifies Conte and owner Daniel Levy need to wait.

    What did Mourinho say?

    Roma boss Jose Mourinho said, 

    “Nicolo’s wish is to leave, but in the end, I think he’ll stay. Why? Usually, when a player wants to leave, it’s because there’s an important offer on the table. But so far, there’s nothing for Zaniolo. That’s why I think he’ll be here a week from now.” 

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    In his 128 appearances for the Serie A giants, Zaniolo has scored 24 times with 18 assists and 24 goals. 

    Nicolo Zaniolo didn’t have a part in Roma’s 2-0 victory against Spezia in Serie A on Sunday. The club director, Tiago Pinto, said ahead of the game that the player had ‘put his individual interest in front of those of the collective’ by deciding not to feature. 

    Mourinho added, 

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    The director spoke before the match, and he did it well. The important thing today is to have won with good team performance.”

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