Liverpool and Manchester United have reportedly made moves to sign AS Roma starlet Nicolo Zaniolo, who is valued at around €40-45 million.
A recent report from AS Roma Live has offered an update on the future of Nicolo Zaniolo. The 22-year-old Italian playmaker is currently one of the most in-demand players in the Serie A, with a host of top clubs across Europe interested in securing his services. Liverpool and Manchester United, in particular, have established initial contact, exploring the possibility of a summer swoop.
Zaniolo’s agent recently confirmed that there have been no talks of renewal between the player and the club. The Italian is reportedly valued at around €40 million, though his valuation could decrease should Roma fail to extend his contract that is set to expire at the end of the 2023/24 campaign.
A product of the Fiorentina youth academy, Zaniolo has had a mixed season under Jose Mourinho. His issues with injuries in the past are well documented as well, although that has not deterred clubs from expressing the desire to sign the playmaker in the coming summer.
One of the clubs particularly keen on securing the services of the former Inter Milan starlet are Liverpool. The Reds are in the market for creative midfielders in light of Naby Keita’s uncertain future at the club. The Guinean was linked with a potential move away from Anfield in January, while Jurgen Klopp also appears to be unconvinced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Manchester United, on the other hand, are preparing for a summer of change. Especially in the creative department, the club’s hierarchy will be forced to make a decision on the future of Donny van de Beek, whereas both Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata are set to leave the club. Lingard is already attracting widespread interest, with West Ham United, Tottenham and Newcastle United in contention to sign him for free.
The addition of Zaniolo could prove to be beneficial for both clubs. With almost 100 competitive appearances for AS Roma, the 22-year-old has significant experience at the highest level of football and is considered one of the most gifted creative players in the Serie A.
Zaniolo also appears to have moved on from his injury woes after an ACL tear kept him out for more than a year. It should build more confidence for suitors like Manchester United and Liverpool, although the Premier League duo are set to face stiff competition from a host of other top clubs across Europe, including league rivals Tottenham.
The north London giants may have extra sway over Serie A-based players thanks to the influence of Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte, though the latter has been linked with a shock move to Paris Saint-Germain.