Despite Petrachi continuing his work on several other positions in the Roma squad, the transfer battle to land Toby Alderweireld in Rome has never left centre stage this week. Aside from any eventual negotiations over Gonzalo Higuain, it’ll be hard to top this as Roma’s most high-profile move of the summer 2019.
Signing Alderweireld would instantly raise the quality of Roma’s backline to a level it hasn’t seen in at least 5 years; not to mention he’d be yet another signing tailor-made to the expectations of Paulo Fonseca’s football. Despite Gianluca Di Marzio choosing to stand on his own (and belatedly joined by RomaPress), three days ago, in claiming the Alderweireld deal was off before it’d even begun, it looks like every other media outlet is convinced of Roma’s determination to sign the Belgian.
Domani #Baldini rivedrà il #Tottenham per #Alderweireld. Pronto un quadriennale da 2,8 mln netti + bonus per il belga, che ha un solo anno di contratto con gli #Spurs (a 4,3 mln). La #Roma vuole uno sconto sulla clausola da 28 mln (scade 25 luglio): obiettivo chiudere a 20 +bonus— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) July 14, 2019
That’s that man Schira of the Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that Roma presented Tottenham Hotspur with an official offer of 20 million euros + bonuses for Toby Alderweireld this morning. This offer comes after Franco Baldini supposedly flew to London, at the end of this week, to hash it out personally with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy himself. Both teams are aware that Alderweireld’s 28 million euro release clause expires on July 25th, which may or may not play into accelerating talks to their eventual conclusion.
It’s also now reported that Roma’s contract offer to the defender is a net 2.8 million euros per year plus bonuses, with the rest of his earnings made up by the Italian tax break Alderweireld would take advantage of from 2020 onwards.
Is Zaniolo Involved?
SportItalia’s Alfredo Pedulla stands on his own here as he reports that Nicolo Zaniolo has agreed to move to Tottenham Hotspur as a willing part of any player-plus-cash exchange deal that would see Alderweireld move as the makeweight in the other direction. The deal on the table is said to be 27 million euros cash to Roma + Alderweireld valued at 23 million euros by Spurs - effectively a 50 million euro offer for Zaniolo.
#Zaniolo apre completamente al #Tottenham! La valutazione complessiva degli #Spurs è di 50 milioni: il cartellino di Alderweireld alla #Roma (valutato 23) è un conguaglio da 27. Ora, se la #Juve risponde, bene (con #Higuain per ora perplesso), altrimenti avanti con il Tottenham— Alfredo Pedullà (@AlfredoPedulla) July 14, 2019
However, no other individual journalist has really run with this story and it seems any talks over selling Zaniolo would happen without tying his future to Alderweireld’s.
Pedulla’s claim that Juventus have to act and beat Spurs to the jump of signing Zaniolo is all well and good, but it seems unlikely Roma would want to hold up any talks with Alderweireld by waiting for two other clubs to have their say on the 20-year old Zaniolo in the process. If any Zaniolo move is going to happen, it’d likely be a separate affair unto itself.