Newcastle are looking at Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, according to ExWHUemployee on The Transfer Show podcast.
The 22-year-old announced himself in the 2018-19 season, where 27 appearances for the Giallorossi and won Serie A’s Best Young Player award.
His development after that was derailed by two separate cruciate ligament ruptures, which kept him out for a combined total of over 14 months. This would rule the Italy international out of the entire 2020-21 season.
This season has seen him bounce back, making 28 appearances in Serie A and scoring the winner in the Europa Conference League final.
This has led to a variety of teams being interested in signing the £29.7m-rated ace, one of those clubs, according to ExWHUemployee, is Newcastle.
“Newcastle are looking at signing a guy called Zaniolo from Roma; also challenging with AC Milan for his signing, and Juventus.”
Our Thoughts on ExWHUemployee’s Zainolo Claims
The 6 foot 3 attacking midfielder has had an impressive season.
In Serie A, he makes the most dribbles per game at Roma, and only Tammy Abraham and captain Lorenzo Pellegrini have more shots (via WhoScored).
His ability in front of goal has led to former Roma manager Claudio Ranieri describing the former Inter Milan player as “decisive”.
“He’s a decisive player, we saw that against Bodo. He’s a striker who has to find the ball in space, he has impressive quality and strength, even if sometimes he could pass it a bit more when he’s on the edge of the area.
“But when he has the goal in front of him it’s difficult for him to make mistakes.”
However, the Tyneside club should be cautious about the 22-year-old’s injury problems. Although he has gotten over his cruciate injury, he has missed 11 games this year due to various niggles.
In addition, beyond his shooting, the Roma man looks to be a limited player. He is in the bottom 8% of the attacking midfielders and wingers in Europe’s top five leagues for assists and passes.
When looking at a player as injury-prone as Zaniolo, you have to be sure of their quality. Ultimately, there are too many question marks around the player to make this a good signing for Newcastle.