Atalanta accepted a €50 million bid, plus €5 million in add ons, from Tottenham Hotspur for defender Cristian Romero, allowing him to complete a medical, with the official announcement to come.
Having already completed one signing from Atalanta this summer, this marks Tottenham’s second arrival from the Italian side. Romero will now join former Atalanta teammate Pierluigi Gollini in North London. Overall, the signing appears to be a great one for the Premier League side. However, the cost of the move carries with it substantial risk.
Atalanta Accept Bid for Centre-Back Cristian Romero
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The move to sign the Argentine defender follows the departure of two centre-backs from Spurs. Having sold both Juan Foyth and Toby Alderweireld earlier this summer, the Premier League side found themselves in need of reinforcements. Tottenham have now accomplished that goal with the signing of Romero.
Romero will also bring to Tottenham a wealth of high level experience. The Argentina international began his career in his home nation playing for Club Atlético Belgrano. After just 18 appearances for Belgrano, Romero made the jump to European football by joining Italian side Genoa. Impressing in his single season with the club, the defender was scooped up by Italian giants Juventus.
Spending the last season on-loan with Atalanta before joining permanently, Romero finally broke through and showed off his true talent. In just his single season with Atalanta, Romero made 42 total appearances, including seven starts in the Champions League for the Italian club.
Internationally, Romero had a breakthrough campaign in 2021. Making his first five appearances for his country, he has impressed immensely and even started and played all 90-minutes in Argentina’s victory in the Copa America final.
Following all of this, Cristian Romero now finds himself as an important member of the Tottenham Hotspur side. Should he meet early expectations, Romero could prove to be the signing of the summer for Spurs.
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