Atalanta CEO Luca Percassi has stated that any offers for Cristian Romero “must match the player’s value” as Tottenham look to sign the centre-back.
football.london understands that Spurs are indeed in advanced negotiations for the Argentina international as well as goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.
A key summer for the club as they look to get back on track after two disappointing seasons, new managing director of football Fabio Paratici has been on the lookout for a new centre-back to improve the backline.
Romero, who tasted Copa America success with his country earlier in the month, now appears to be the man the Italian believes can help address Spurs’ issues and it will now all come down to the clubs agreeing on a fee for the 23-year-old.
The talented centre-back only joined his current team on a two-year loan deal from Juventus back in September and Atalanta do have the option to buy him for €16million (£13.8m).
It is believed that Atalanta will exercise their option to purchase the talented player a year early, with Paratici then in negotiations with the Italian side to sell to Tottenham for a generous profit.
However, Percassi has opened up on the current state of play regarding Romero and goalkeeper Gollini.
“There are many options that we are evaluating. Gollini is an important player for us, but there is nothing decided yet. Tottenham are a concrete option,” he said after the unveiling of Atalanta’s new kits, as reported by Football Italia.
“Romero is one of the best defenders in Serie A and it’s normal that many clubs are interested in signing him. Atalanta allowed him to develop and play Champions League football.
“Let’s see what happens, if we are to sell players, we must do it in a smart way and offers must match the player’s value.”
He added: “I wish Fabio Paratici the best because he deserves so, we are trying to bring useful players to Atalanta.”
Tottenham are keen to tie up a number of moves before the Premier League opener against Man City and there is also expected to be plenty of outgoings in N17 as well before that August 15 date.
Next week in particular is expected to be a busy one in the market for the north London club as Paratici aims to get players in and out the door to allow Espirito Santo to have some new faces to work with in the final weeks of pre-season.
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