Manchester United and Chelsea retain an interest in Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo although he is still returning from a second serious injury.
Zaniolo presented himself as one of Serie A’s most promising young players after joining Roma in 2018. However, he suffered an ACL injury in January 2020 and then the same tear happened to his knee. opposed a few months after his return. Therefore, he hasn’t played at all this season.
Despite this, Zaniolo remains on the radar of a number of top European clubs. For example, Man Utd is believed to have been watching him since 2019.
The attacking midfielder remains under contract at Roma until 2024. However, they will likely have to repel interest from other clubs during this time.
The offers could even arrive this summer, with the Premier League being a potential destination. Now, Il Messaggero claim United and Chelsea are both fighting to sign him.
Given their recent injuries, the England duo are hoping to profit from a potentially lower transfer value. It is claimed United could take a chance at around € 30million.
However, the Roma seem to have no interest in receiving such offers. They remain convinced that Zaniolo will get his best self back when he returns, which means his value would be much higher.
As the Italy international approaches a return to training with the youth squad, Roma are considering a new contract to secure their services for the future.
United and Chelsea could watch developments, however, as they reflect on a summer move.
The Red Devils have been looking for a new right winger for about a year. Their main target last summer was Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, but they were unable to meet the asking price.
Instead, they focused on younger reinforcements such as Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri. If Zaniolo got back on track, however, he would be more ready for the first team.
His ability to play a more central midfield role would also be appealing.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have been disappointed with some of their summer investments. Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz failed to flourish, for example.
Zaniolo is capable of playing in either of their positions, so he could be seen as a replacement if he decides to turn things around.
Man Utd learns Lingard decision
The odds of Man Utd bidding for Zaniolo may depend on Jesse Lingard’s future.
The England international has got his career back on track since joining West Ham on loan in January. Now the focus is on its long-term future.
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According to ESPN, Lingard reportedly told Man Utd he would happily return – but only if he is offered a more regular role. With only a year left on his contract, the 28-year-old is also said to be keen to see the deal extended.
That leaves United and Solskjaer with something of a decision to make this summer. However, all hope is not lost for West Ham. United could not yet decide to take advantage of the player. In addition, Solskjaer could also decide that despite his rich form, a regular jersey cannot be guaranteed.
As No.10 Lingard faces the toughest competition possible in the form of Bruno Fernandes at Old Trafford.
But if Lingard leaves, United will still need competition for Fernandes – something Zaniolo could provide.
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