Tottenham are in the midst of a busy summer transfer window as new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
The Lillywhites have already secured two signings this summer, with Spanish playmaker Bryan Gil and Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini signed from Sevilla and Atalanta respectively.
Spurs are also set for a defensive shakeup as veteran Belgian centre-half Toby Alderweireld has joined Qatari side Al-Duhail and Argentine defender Juan Foyth joined Villarreal on a permanent move following his loan stint last term.
As first reported by football.london, new footballing director Fabio Paratici has since identified Atalanta centre-back, Cristian Romero, as an ideal signing to improve the club’s backline and there was confidence that a deal could be done between the two clubs.
However, progress in talks to sign Cristian Romero have since slowed down as there is still a hefty gap between the two club’s valuation of the player, with Spurs so far unwilling to match La Dea’s £46million asking price.
While budgeting is undoubtedly important for chairman Daniel Levy, it is imperative that he doesn’t abandon a deal to sign the Argentine and instead opt to sign a lower-level defender, something that they were guilty of last summer when they bought Swansea’s Joe Rodon after pursuing Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar for the majority of the summer.
Skriniar is an elite defender that would have taken the north Londoners to the next level but penny-pinching cost the club dearly as they conceded 45 goals in the Premier League and Rodon started just eight league games.
The versatile defender registered the most tackles of any Serie A centre-back last term with 75 and notched the second-most interceptions of any centre-half in the Italian top-flight with 81, hugely impressive numbers considering he is still only 23-years-old.
Given his standout defensive ability, coupled with the fact he has plenty more years left in the tank, it seems perfectly reasonable that Atalanta are asking for a sum closer to £50million for their star defender.
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