Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on their third signing of the summer…
According to football.london reporter Alasdair Gold, Spurs are on the verge of sealing top centre-back target Cristian Romero in a €50m (£42.5m) move from Atalanta.
He tweeted: “At least some good news this morning as the move for Cristian Romero is finally edging towards completion in what is going to cost Spurs around 50m euros.”
In an accompanying column, Gold goes onto explain that negotiations are in its final stages as the 23-year-old defender is keen to join the North London outfit and has already agreed on personal terms.
After the Harry Kane bombshell on Monday morning, this news will come as a rare bit of positivity for many supporters around the club.
The 28-year-old talisman failed to show up for training as expected amid interest from Premier League champions Manchester City, as per the BBC.
It has left a lot of fans very disgruntled, angry and upset. “I will have lost all respect for him,” claimed one member of the Lilywhites faithful, whilst another described it as “mad disrespectful.”
However, there is some comfort to be had in the fact that Spurs appear to be very close to sealing a new centre-back to bolster their struggling backline.
Last season, they recorded the worst defensive record of any of the traditional ‘big six’, even including arch-rivals Arsenal, who finished below them in the table.
This boiled down to a nasty combination of individual mistakes, with the likes of Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez being dubbed “one of the worst partnerships” in the top-flight, and a severe lack of leadership following the departure of veteran Jan Vertonghen.
Romero, who won the Copa America with Argentina and current Spurs midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, would go a long way towards fixing that major issue, leaving Nuno Santo with one less thing to worry about.
The Atalanta star picked up the Serie A’s ‘Defender of the Year’ award and has been described as a “top, top defender” by Italian football expert Conor Clancy.
“He has been phenomenal as he won the MVP award for the best defender in Serie A, but he is one of the most deceptively dirty players in the Serie A. However, when he has the ball, his distribution and passing is so, so good,” he told This is Futbol.
Despite the uncertainty over Kane’s future, the Lilywhites faithful will surely love this update from Gold.