Reports claim that circumstances could force AS Roma to sell Nicolo Zaniolo to Liverpool. They may have to drop their asking price for that to happen, however.
Il Tempo put out an interesting report on Sunday, claiming a link between Zaniolo and Liverpool. It all came down to Roma needing money and seeing their 20-year-old as the best way of obtaining it.
The current economic climate has changed the outlook for every club, after all. No one will have the money they expected and for many, that creates huge problems.
One way of fixing that is selling assets, the greatest of which are players. Thus Roma must, apparently, consider selling Zaniolo.
Juventus, one potential destination, won’t offer money but players, according to the report. Other major clubs, such as Barcelona or Real Madrid, don’t appear interested right now.
And so Liverpool, who allegedly have Zaniolo on their list of targets, are the premier destination. They’re Roma’s best chance of getting their money – even if they’re ‘hated’ for taking players in the past.
The problem with Liverpool
But here’s the problem – we can’t see Liverpool paying a huge amount for Zaniolo, as talented as he is. Il Tempo say he isn’t a priority for Jurgen Klopp, merely a potential target.
And if we look at other supposed targets, Liverpool are careful not to overspend. Take Kai Havertz, for instance. He’s a name that’s almost synonymous with Liverpool these days, such are the links between the two.
But back in February, the Independent claimed that the Reds view Havertz at half of his £80m price. And that’s for a player they’ve considered quite heavily.
And that, importantly, was before the current economic collapse. We can turn to the Independent again for Liverpool’s supposed strategy now – even more caution.
So we doubt that Liverpool would have paid the £70m Roma wanted before the crisis. Now, we see that as almost impossible.
Roma may want to cash in on Zaniolo but that price will surely have to drop significantly before Liverpool bid. It’ll come down to how much Roma need money, essentially.
If they need it badly enough, perhaps Liverpool can get a bargain on a fantastically talented player.