Italian outlet CM claim Leeds United are in the mix to sign Roma talent Nicolo Zaniolo and have opened initial talks for the Italy international – but, Arsenal and Tottenham are front runners, and Newcastle and West Ham are also in talks.

Zaniolo, 23, has starred for Roma. A key part of Jose Mourinho’s attack. But his form has dipped off compared to last season, having a hand in just five goals in 17 games. His contract at Roma is due to expire at the end of next season.

An Italy international, Zaniolo 42 goal involvements in 128 games for Roma. Of which, 32 have come from the bench. He has had his issues with injury, but Zaniolo is clearly a talent – and at 6ft 2in, one of a kind as an attacking midfielder.

The report states that Roma have set an asking price. Between £31million and £35million. Tottenham were strongly linked in the summer and remain on pole with Arsenal and West Ham. Newcastle and Leeds are also said to be in talks.

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Leeds in mix to sign Roma talent Zaniolo and have opened talks

The chances of Leeds pulling off a deal to sign Zaniolo seems very unlikely. Not least, because he could cost as much as Georginio Rutter – with Leeds already signing two players that if add-ons are met, Leeds may spend a huge £50m.

So, landing Zaniolo is unlikely – especially, this month. On top of that, Leeds have just signed a player in Rutter that offers similar to Zaniolo in terms of positions he can play. Out wide, as a 10 or up front. Leeds do not need Zaniolo.

He would be an improvement on our attacking options, but Leeds do not need him after signing Rutter. Arsenal and Spurs need him. West Ham maybe not so much with Danny Ings coming in. Newcastle potentially could do with him.

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