Fabrizio Romano has dropped an update on the future of Tottenham Hotspur loanee Cristian Romero.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Italian journalist revealed that Fabio Paratici is set to activate Tottenham’s £40m clause to turn the centre-back’s season-long loan deal a permanent move in the coming days, with the 24-year-old said to have already penned a deal lasting until the summer of 2026.
Concerning Spurs’ deal for Romero, the transfer insider said: “Tottenham will activate £40m obligation to buy clause in the coming days for Cristian Romero. ‘Signing of the season’, according to Jamie Carragher. Fabio Paratici wanted him as key player and Romero will be part of the project – he has already signed until June 2026.”
Considering just how impressive Romero was for Tottenham this season, Romano’s claim that Paratici and Daniel Levy are set to make the defender’s move permanent in the very near future is sure to have left the Spurs faithful buzzing.
Indeed, over his 22 Premier League appearances in 2021/22, the £60m-rated centre-back proved a revelation in the Tottenham backline, helping his side keep five clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.5 interceptions, 2.8 tackles, 3.3 clearances and winning 5.9 duels – at a success rate of 62% – per game.
These returns saw the £31k-per-week talent average a rather sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.15, ranking him as Antonio Conte’s best-performing defender and sixth-best player overall in the top flight of English football.
Furthermore, according to FBref data, the Argentina international also ranks in the top 1% of centre-backs in Europe’s big five leagues for tackles made per 90, in addition to the top 3% for pressures, the top 6% for blocks, the top 10% for interceptions, the top 11% for dribbles completed, the top 16% for progressive carries and the top 20% for shot-creating actions.
As such, it is clear for all to see just how talented a player Romero is, with the 24-year-old very much appearing to be a player who Conte can build his Tottenham backline around in the summer transfer window – something that leads us to believe the news Paratici looks set to sanction the £40m purchase of the centre-back is fantastic for everyone involved with Spurs.