By Saikat Mandal

19th Jan, 2023 | 12:40pm

Leeds United want to sign Nicolo Zaniolo, £82,000-a-week contract demand made at Roma

Leeds United have approached Roma with an enquiry about Italy forward Nicolo Zaniolo, according to a report from Calciomercato.

Several other Premier League clubs including West Ham, Tottenham and Newcastle are also in the race to sign the 23-year-old who is “fed up” at the club after being booed by the fans.

The Italy international has a contract at the club until 2024, but talks over a renewal have stopped as he is asking for a wage of around £82,000-per-week.

Roma would be open to selling him now or in the summer, and they have set an asking price of over £30m.

Leeds have already signed a new striker this month in the form of Georginio Rutter who joined from Hoffenheim on a club-record deal, but it seems they are looking to bring in another forward.

Difficult

Zaniolo is a fantastic player who has the potential to be a top-class midfielder in the future. 

He is technically gifted and has made over 120 appearances for the Giallorossi, scoring 24 goals. 

This season, he has failed to reach dizzy heights, and Roma could be willing to sell if they receive the right offers. 

However, it looks unlikely that the Whites are going to sign him or present a lucrative offer at the moment. 

There’s no doubt that he would be a quality addition to the side, but Leeds should be careful about their spending as well. 

They have already made two signings this month, while talks are going on to land Moroccan international Azzedine Ounahi, as reported by Fabrizio Romano [17 January]. 

If they fail to sign Ounahi, probably the Whites can make an audacious move for Zaniolo, but it looks really difficult at the moment. 

Leeds do have enough depth in their attacking midfield areas, and Jesse Marsch probably will be thrilled to see how Willy Gnonto and Sam Greenwood have progressed in recent months. 

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