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Cristian Romero to fly to London to complete Spurs move

Tottenham Hotspur are on the verge of sealing their third signing of the summer…

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According to Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas, Atalanta centre-back Cristian Romero is set to fly to England to complete his move to Spurs after a deal was fully agreed with the Serie A outfit.

He tweeted:

“Cristian Romero is to fly to London to complete his move to #Tottenham after the deal was fully agreed with #Atalanta and they secured loan deal for Merih Demiral.”

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It’s thought that the 23-year-old Argentina international will arrive in London in the next 24 hours to finalise the move, with the Lilywhites paying around a total of £47m for his services.

Romero is expected to sign a five-year deal after Atalanta secured Merih Demiral as his replacement.

Signing no.3

Spurs fans have had to endure a lot over the past 18 months.

Jose Mourinho’s tumultuous reign came to an early conclusion after they were knocked out of the Champions League prematurely. The North Londoners failed to make either of UEFA’s top two tournaments, were defeated in yet another major final and recorded their worst league finish in over a decade.

That’s not to mention the currently emerging saga surrounding star striker Harry Kane after he failed to return to pre-season training after his holidays. It’s well-known that he would like to join defending Premier League champions Manchester City so that he can achieve his trophy ambitions but nobody could’ve expected him to act like this.

However, the arrival of a marquee centre-back gives the Lilywhites faithful something to look forward to and shout about.

They have already secured a new backup goalkeeper in Romero’s former teammate Pierluigi Gollini, formerly of Aston Villa, and a new winger for the future in Byran Gil, a swoop that saw Erik Lamela finally depart in the other direction.

A lot of Spurs’ problems throughout 2020/21 came down to their troubles in defence. None of the other traditional ‘big six’ leaked more goals, not even Arsenal, who finished one place behind in eighth.

Now that Toby Alderweireld has left the club, Nuno Santo is left with only three central defenders, in which two – Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier – have been publicly slammed as “one of the worst partnerships” in the Premier League.

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The latter, especially, is cause for concern as he started more games than any other centre-back last term.

In Romero, the Portuguese coach will be getting an instant fix as he was named the Serie A’s ‘Defender of the Year’ after an impressive campaign in the heart of Atalanta’s defence.

The £45m-rated Argentine recorded more interceptions per game (3.1) than any other player in the division and was lauded as “phenomenal” by Serie A expert Conor Clancy to This is Futbol.

If he performs to the same level, then Spurs will certainly be getting a defensive animal fit to fill that glaring void. The fanbase is surely buzzing as Fabio Paratici closes in on signing number three at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

AND in other news, Spurs open talks to sign £18m-rated “leader” who “Nuno likes”, he’s a big Dier upgrade…

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