It has been reported by several outlets, including Fabrizio Romano, that Spurs are looking to bring in the Atalanta centre-back, especially following the departure of Toby Alderweireld, who has left the club after six years and joined Qatari outfit Al-Duhail.
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Romero has been confirmed as Tottenham’s current number-one target for this summer, although they have also recently been credited with an interest in both Nikola Milenkovic and Takehiro Tomiyasu from Fiorentina and Bologna respectively as Fabio Paratici continues to utilise his Serie A contact book.
O’Rourke has provided fans with an update on Spurs’ pursuit of Romero.
“It’s inching closer, this deal. I think Spurs have made him their number-one target to come in to bolster their defence – they’ve obviously seen Toby Alderweireld move on.
“I think they want to bring in Romero, who has been a very good performer for Atalanta over the last couple of seasons. He’s played in the Champions League as well, Atalanta finished in the top four in Italy. He’s enjoyed a good summer this summer with Argentina, helping them win the Copa America.
“Atalanta are obviously trying to get as much money out of this deal as they possibly can; Spurs obviously are trying to negotiate and they’re trying to knock the fee down a bit, because I think they think it’s too much at the minute. So, talks are ongoing between the two clubs.”
TIF Thoughts on Spurs’ pursuit of Romero…
Romero finished eighth in Serie A for the number of tackles made (75) and this, coupled with his ability to pressure the ball in his own final third – racking up the fifth-most in the Italian league last season (226) – the defender would arguably be a solid addition to Spurs’ side.
The Argentine’s willingness to spray the ball about and pick out players with long balls with an 84.9% completion rate for long passes, the 11th-best in Serie A, would be a huge asset for Spurs as he could pick out runs in behind from Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura – much like his potential predecessor, Toby Alderweireld, often did at Tottenham.