AS Roma 22-year-old star emerged as shock transfer target for Liverpool

By | May 26, 2022

Liverpool are long-term suitors of Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo and could launch a move for him in the summer, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 22-year-old is predominantly a right wide attacker but he has also played 17 matches this term in a second striker role.

That means the ace could provide competition and cover for Mohamed Salah, but may also be able to play as a false nine in the manner of Italy head coach Roberto Firmino.

He has just over 24 months remaining on his contract at the Stadio Olimpico, though the player’s current focus may be on preparations for the UEFA Europa Conference League final versus Feyenoord on 25 May.

The Italian press and media claim Nicolo has been a Reds target for some time, so this is apparently a Michael Edwards target being carried over into Julian Ward’s new role.

If the attacker is to extend his stay at I Giallorossi, Zaniolo wants a contract worth €4 million per season, which equates to about £65,000-a-week, says the same report.

But if he is to leave, he will not be short of potential buyers, either abroad or domestically. AC Milan and Juventus are waiting in the wings, and his first instinct is apparently to stay in his homeland.

He’d apparently find it difficult to reject a ‘super offer’ from overseas though, as the Reds and Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur have continued to watch him for some time.