Italian outlet Radio Radio reported on Friday that Arsenal were in the race for Nicolo Zaniolo of AS Roma, considering either signing him for free when his contract ends in 2024 or bringing him in earlier with a €25m summer bid.
But Fabrizio Romano claims there’s nothing to the story. Writing for CaughtOffside, Romano reports that he’s aware of the speculation but it’s a surprising story as there are no negotiations between Arsenal and Zaniolo.
The journalist adds that Zaniolo has never been close to a Premier League move, with Tottenham Hotspur the only club to be reliably linked with interest.
Even then, Spurs didn’t make a concrete move and it seems those links are now in the past.
Nicolo Zaniolo plays in midfield for Roma, and he’s scored two goals and assisted three in 14 appearances this season. But things haven’t always gone to plan this campaign so far.
In two of his three Europa League appearances, Zaniolo scored once and assisted three times. In the third, he got a red card and a two-game suspension.
In the league, Zaniolo has mostly played as a regular starter, but he had a shoulder injury for a few weeks in August and he’s only contributed to one goal in Serie A since then.
With Italy failing to qualify for the World Cup, Zaniolo has had some time off over the last month. But it doesn’t look like he’s been using that time to engineer a move to north London.