Growing Cristian Romero confidence, Gil, Kounde, Kane – Tottenham transfer window state of play


Pierluigi Gollini has become Tottenham’s first signing of the Fabio Paratici era and Spurs’ managing director of football has plenty more lined up during this transfer window.

The 26-year-old Italian has signed for the north London club on a season-long loan from Serie A side Atalanta with an option to make the move permanent.

Paratici has been hard at work in trying to revamp the Spurs squad for new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo and this coming week is expected to be a busy one at Hotspur Way with players heading out of the door and new faces coming through it.


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Here is the state of play with Tottenham‘s transfer window and what could happen in the days and weeks ahead before it closes on August 31.

Let’s start at the back and work our way forward:

Goalkeeper

Gollini has now signed up and it’s understood that as well as Tottenham having the option to sign him up permanently for roughly £12.8m, that will automatically happen if he makes 20 competitive appearances this season for the club.

Unless an offer comes in that is too tempting for the player and club, Hugo Lloris will remain as captain for the final year of his contract and battle with the new Italian stopper for the number one position.

The French World Cup winner had one of his most consistent seasons for Tottenham despite the disappointments for the team during the campaign.

football.london understands that Joe Hart has been told that he is not in the plans of Espirito Santo and the former England international can look for another club after one season at Tottenham.

If he does move on, that would leave Alfie Whiteman with the opportunity to press his claims to step into the third spot as a homegrown goalkeeper – Gollini does not qualify as one as he was not at Manchester United long enough as a youngster.

England U21 international Brandon Austin is currently set to return to Spurs later this year once the MLS season and his loan spell at Orlando City concludes.

Left-back

This is Tottenham’s one settled position at the moment with Sergio Reguilon, Ben Davies – who returns next week to pre-season training – and Ryan Sessegnon all competing for the spot.

Espirito Santo is a big fan of Sessegnon, having looked to sign him on a couple of occasions during his time at Wolves.

There is also 19-year-old left-back Dennis Cirkin, who has been on the fringes of the first team set-up in the past 18 months, and Japhet Tanganga can also play in the role.

Centre-back

The centre of defence will be the area that sees the most changes at the club this summer.

Juan Foyth has already left the club after Villarreal took up the £13m option to make his loan move permanent.

Toby Alderweireld looks set to join the Argentine in leaving the club for a similar price, with a move to play in Qatar at an advanced stage with the player expected to land in the country on Saturday to discuss the potential move with Al-Duhail.

The 32-year-old asked to leave Tottenham and his exit and getting his salary as one of the club’s higher earners off the wage bill would give Paratici more manoeuvrability in some of his dealings.

Cameron Carter-Vickers is expected to head out of the club as well after impressing on loan last season at Bournemouth, with a number of clubs interested in signing him.

Having finished third with Colombia at the Copa America, Davinson Sanchez is also attracting interest from a variety of clubs, including Spanish side Sevilla.

Spurs would listen to offers for Sanchez and Eric Dier this summer should they arrive in order to bring in two new centre-backs with Paratici looking for a leader for their backline.

Joe Rodon, who is set to return to pre-season training on Monday, is seen as a player for the future after signing from Swansea just nine months ago, while England U21 international Tanganga told football.london that while he will play in any position for the club, he would like to return to being a centre-back.

That gives Espirito Santo two young talented centre-backs to battle for a spot in the backline, with Rodon gaining plenty of plaudits for his performances for Wales at the Euros.

As first revealed by football.london, Tottenham have been in advanced negotiations with Atalanta for not only Gollini but also Argentina centre-back Cristian Romero.

The 23-year-old, named Serie A Defender of the Year last season, is halfway through a two-year loan from Juventus with an option to make his move permanent for for 16million euros (£13.8m) – a deal negotiated with Paratici during his final season in Turin.



Tottenham Hotspur want to sign Atalanta centre-back and Argentina international Cristian Romero
Tottenham Hotspur want to sign Atalanta centre-back and Argentina international Cristian Romero

Romero would be a big signing for Tottenham, which is likely to be reflected in what is expected to be a price tag of around £38.5m, and there is a growing confidence within Spurs that an agreement can be reached with Atalanta as negotiations continue to advance over a complicated and carefully structured deal. The player is believed to be keen on joining Gollini in north London.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has given the green light to the move for the Copa America winner with it made clear by Paratici and others in the club that the Espirito Santo needs a top drawer centre-back to succeed this season, particularly with other sides finding ways to spend money in what is a buyer’s market this summer with many teams struggling with their finances.

Should either Sanchez or Dier depart then Tottenham would look to bring in another centre-back, after they try to tie up a move for Romero.

Spurs have held talks with Sevilla over Jules Kounde, aided by the Spanish club’s interest in Sanchez, and that could be a deal Paratici looks to conclude if he can continue to raise funds through sales.

The 22-year-old France international’s first choice is believed to be a move to Real Madrid, but with the La Liga giants struggling financially, along with Barcelona, that is unlikely to be an option at this moment, and the player is understood to have an interest in Tottenham should that be the case.

Paratici’s transfer window style sees him negotiate for up to 10 different players to fill a particular role and others including Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix, Lyon’s Joachim Anderson, Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar and Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic have all been spoken about.

Right-back

Change in this department depends on getting Serge Aurier his wish to leave Tottenham this summer.

The Ivorian is back in pre-season training but has stated his desire, once again, very clearly to the club that he expects to move on with his agent working on his departure. Spurs are awaiting a bid though for a player with less than 12 months now remaining on his contract.

Espirito Santo knows Matt Doherty well and Tottenham will be hoping the former Wolves boss can get the most out of their Republic of Ireland international.

Tanganga can also play at right-back, while the club have held talks with Bologna over Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The 22-year-old Japan international is seen primarily as being a defensive right-back option for Tottenham, having played mostly in that role for the Italian side although he is equally comfortable in central defence or even at left-back.

Tomiyasu is currently at the Olympics with Japan, with an ankle injury having kept him out of their opening match against South Africa.



Oliver Skipp impressed in his performance against Colchester United. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)
Oliver Skipp impressed in his performance against Colchester United. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

Central midfield

Tottenham’s central midfield could see a number of changes before the transfer window closes.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, following a fine first season at the club and starring at the Euros, will once again be a leader for Spurs in the centre of the pitch.

Oliver Skipp has returned to the club after a hugely productive loan spell in winning the Championship with Norwich and those inside Tottenham have already seen the huge strides, both on and off the pitch, that have taken place in the England U21 international’s game and confidence.

The 20-year-old is expected to play a growing role with the first team this season under Espirito Santo.

Moussa Sissoko is expected to move on this summer, with interest from a number of clubs across Europe.

Tottenham are also understood to be open to offers for Harry Winks, but the 25-year-old is currently believed to be keen to stay at the club and prove himself to Espirito Santo.

Spurs will continue to look at potential midfield targets and should both Winks and Sissoko move on then they will look to move for a replacement for the centre of the pitch.

Both Tanguy Ndombele, who recently became a father for the first time, and Giovani Lo Celso, who has just won the Copa America with Romero, are expected to play a key creative role this season for Tottenham in both deeper or more advanced roles under the new boss.

Young midfielder Harvey White is likely to head out on loan again, with Portsmouth, where he spent half of last season, among those interested in the player.

Attacking midfield

Tottenham’s first move in this department is expected to be for Sevilla’s 20-year-old winger Bryan Gil.

The versatile Spaniard is one of the hottest prospects in La Liga, having shone on loan in tough circumstances at struggling Eibar last season.

The advanced deal is yet to be finalised due to not only the intricacies of Erik Lamela heading in the opposite direction but also Gil’s involvement at the Olympics in Japan.

Lamela, 29, is settled with his family in England and loves Tottenham, and it is understood he needed to be convinced about the move to Sevilla where he would start matches more regularly.

Spurs have been linked with a move for young Sampdoria midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard, but the 21-year-old Dane is not believed to be a player Tottenham are considering a bid for at this stage of the window.

Of those already at the club, Steven Bergwijn and Dele Alli have impressed Espirito Santo in pre-season training, both players coming back in a great condition.

Lucas Moura is a popular, experienced member of the squad and unless a large offer arrives, with Spurs having turned down one major bid for the Brazilian two years ago, he is expected to be a part of Espirito Santo’s plans for the coming season.

Son Heung-min has now finally had his new four-year contract announced and will once again be a key player for Tottenham.

Young winger Jack Clarke could head out on loan once again, with interest from a couple of teams in the Championship and one side in Belgium.

Striker

Much of the talk this summer has revolved around the future of Harry Kane.

Once again this week, Tottenham maintained that their position on his future has not changed and the club has no intention of selling the England captain.

Kane, who turns 28 on Wednesday, is simply too valuable to Tottenham and the club would need to sign up to three top class players to attempt to fill the gap left by his absent goals and assists.

Manchester City have also indicated that they are not willing to bid anywhere near the levels that would be required to prise the Premier League’s Golden Boot and Playmaker award winner away from N17.

Tottenham will look to sign another established striker to provide back-up and support to Kane, with Carlos Vinicius having concluded his loan season with the club and now back with Benfica.

Seventeen-year-old striker Dane Scarlett will get minutes this season as the club look to carefully develop such a bright young talent, while Troy Parrott is expected to head out on loan again to continue his own development, with a move to the Championship mooted.

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