Liverpool are planning on a transfer hat-trick with a pursuit of Nicolo Zaniolo, according to reports. The Reds have been here before.
TransferMarketWeb makes the claim. They say that Liverpool are ‘dreaming’ of bringing in Zaniolo from AS Roma. The 20-year-old is one of the brightest prospects in Italy, which explains why Inter and Juventus apparently also want him.
But this would be Liverpool going for a hat-trick, essentially, given they’ve had wildly successful signings from Roma in the past. Mohamed Salah arrived in 2017 and exploded into life, breaking goalscoring records ever since.
2018 saw Alisson Becker arrive at Anfield. He quickly became the world’s best goalkeeper, winning several awards attesting to that.
Zaniolo would be different, though. He’s still very much a young player at just 20, whereas the previous two were bonafide first-teamers. Not that his inexperience has lowered his alleged price.
Il Tempo claimed last month that Roma valued him at around £70m before the economic trouble. They also claimed that Liverpool had Zaniolo down as a potential target, although not a priority one.
But their big call was that Roma are actively considering selling their most valuable asset. They need the money, apparently, and Liverpool, as it would happen, are best-placed as a buying club.
What RTK has to say
We find this one hard to believe simply on the price. Zaniolo really wouldn’t be a priority and so anything anywhere near £70m would be a lavish, luxury purchase.
We just can’t see anything like that the way things are at the moment and we detailed why here. When Liverpool are reportedly trying to negotiate Timo Werner’s price down, a big outlay on a transfer for Zaniolo seems very unlikely.
Saying that, TMW didn’t mention a price themselves. Perhaps he’d cost significantly less than £70m but it would have to be a dramatic decrease to make this one happen.
And again, we just can’t see that either.