Manchester United have entered the race to sign Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo ahead of Tottenham, according to reports in Italy.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add at least one new central midfielder to his squad before the end of the transfer window.
United have been targeting Sean Longstaff but were stunned by Newcastle United’s £50 million valuation of the 21-year-old, who has made just nine Premier League appearances.
Spain Under-21 midfielder Dani Olmo has also been linked with a move to Old Trafford. But according to Il Tempo, United are now in the running to sign Zaniolo from Roma.
And the report claims that Zaniolo is set to meet with Roma’s hierarchy to discuss his future and hold further talks over a new contract.
Tottenham have been heavily linked with a move for Zaniolo, with reports claiming that last season’s Champions League finalists are willing to offer Toby Alderweireld as part of their bid to sign the 20-year-old.
Juventus are also reportedly interested in the midfielder, who scored six goals in 36 appearances for Roma last season. But speaking on Monday, Roma’s sporting director Gianluca Petrachi insisted that Zaniolo is not for sale.
‘I take this opportunity to say that when I appreciated Zaniolo with all the affection of this world to return to the tracks if he had left, it was immediately said that Petrachi put Zaniolo up for sale,’ said Petrachi.
‘I have to work to try to get the best out of Zaniolo. I am also a very practical person, I have direct contact with my players. I never put Zaniolo up for sale, nor did I say it was on the market. The market is full of pitfalls, but today Zaniolo is not on the market.’ He added.