Amidst transfer talks, Nicolo Zaniolo to be excluded against Spezia

REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 09: Nicolò Zaniolo of AS Roma looks on during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and AS Roma at Mapei Stadium - Citta' del Tricolore on November 09, 2022 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
John Solano

RomaPress – With just over 48-hours remaining until Roma return to the pitch, speculation surrounding Nicolo Zaniolo’s club future has skyrocketed.

Late this afternoon, the club confirmed to several media outlets, including RomaPress, that Zaniolo won’t be included in Sunday’s squad to face Spezia—a decision taken directly by the player amidst his desire to exit before the end of the month.

The capital club maintain they expected Zaniolo to be fully available for this weekend’s fixture and were taken aback by the request.

It marks the second game in a row the attacker has been left out of Jose Mourinho’s team and comes as the club is engaged in transfer talks for the player.

The Giallorossi recently put Zaniolo up for sale and tasked his agent, Claudio Vigorelli, with fielding suitable transfer offers from interested clubs. Although the club still hasn’t received a concrete offer for the 23 year-old, negotiations are expected to ramp up over the coming days.