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Tottenham In 'Advanced Talks' With Serie A Defender Of The Year

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Tottenham In 'Advanced Talks' With Serie A Defender Of The Year

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly in 'advanced talks' to sign Serie A Defender of the Year Cristian Romero from Atalanta this transfer window.

Slowly but steadily establishing himself as a dominant defender in world football, Romero recently starred for Argentina at the Copa America where he featured three times - including the 1-0 final victory against Brazil.

Following that triumph, the 23-year-old - who was voted the best defender in the Italian top flight last season - is said to be open to a move to England, with Spurs now believed to be in talks with the centre-back.

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Cristian Romero recently won the Copa America with Argentina after beating Brazil in the final
Cristian Romero recently won the Copa America with Argentina after beating Brazil in the final

Romero, who has also been linked with Manchester United, is midway through a two-year loan from Juventus where he recorded the most interceptions in both the Serie A and Champions League last season. Pretty impressive, right?

And according to football.london, Atalanta will activate a £13m option to sign Romero permanently from the Serie A giants as part of the loan deal, before selling him on for a profit.

Italian publication Calciomercato reported earlier this month that Atalanta could then go on to sell Romero for a £39m fee, with any deal to potentially rise to £52m with add-ons. How's that for shrewd business?

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Tottenham's defence needs boosting as Toby Aldeweireld recently revealed his desire to quit the club and the signing of Romero will, almost certainly, give the north London outfit a big boost in that position.

Tottenham are also interested in signing Romero's counterpart in Pierluigi Gollini - Atalanta's first-choice goalkeeper - on a season loan.

The 26-year-old Italy international has been the main man between the sticks for Atalanta for the past three seasons, a period which has seen them emerge as Champions League regulars.

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Intriguingly, he has Premier League experience, too, having previously been on the books of both Manchester United and Aston Villa.

With the new season on the horizon, the acquisition of both Romero and Gollini will be confirmed chemistry at the back for Spurs, with the pairing both paramount to Atalanta's defensive dominance last season.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Tottenham Hotspur, Transfers, Atalanta, Premier League

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