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Spurs defensive target submits transfer request

Tottenham’s current situation, if anything, certainly inspires intrigue, with so many question marks about a number of issues.

Undoubtedly, what they do in the transfer window this summer is of crucial importance, though it begs the question, how much money is available when you consider that the club also has loan repayments on a billion-pound stadium that they could not profit from last season.

Spurs defensive target submits transfer request

In addition to missing out on qualifying for Champions League football this season, this could also affect who stays at the club and also what players they can attract. While the future of star striker, Harry Kane rumbles on, with Manchester City said to be leading the race, it is other areas that have been deemed a priority by new boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

With veteran centre-back, Toby Alderweireld departing to the middle east and Juan Foyth joining Villarreal, particular urgency has been placed on defensive reinforcements.

As a result, Atalanta centre-back Cristian Romero is understood to have been identified and is reportedly the subject of a £42.5 million bid from the north London side, which has prompted the 23-year-old Argentine to hand in a transfer request at the Italian club.

Rumblings of the deal were first reported by respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter and since then everything appears to be falling into place.

 

Having spent last season on loan with Atalanta, the club only paid £13.6 million to turn the deal permanent in June, which raises the issue of whether he really is worth the price that Spurs have reportedly bid.

 

A good signing for Spurs?

When you consider that the defender played a crucial role in helping a good Atalanta side finish third in Serie A last season, just one point behind second-placed AC Milan while featuring 42 times across all competitions (including the Champions League), the reported fee does start to make sense.

Having also scored twice in the league and once in seven European games and being only 23, this could well prove to be a highly effective signing for Spurs, when you consider the level that Romero may reach.

Of vital importance to Spurs, will be that he can hit the ground running and strike up an effective partnership with whoever he plays alongside in defence. It is rumoured that Spurs new sporting director Fabio Paratici has reached a £25 million agreement with Seville for talented centre back Jules Kounde, which includes Davinson Sanchez heading in the other direction.

As a result, it could be a new-look backline for Tottenham next season, which could favour both centre-back signings who could well have added motivation of playing for a new club and embarking on a fresh challenge.

 

Much room left in the budget?

There is a great deal of uncertainty among Spurs fans, exactly how much the club has to spend on new players, especially considering their current situation and regardless of whether Kane leaves.

Already the club has brought in 20-year-old winger Bryan Gil from Seville for £21 million, with Erik Lamela moving the other way, while they are also rumoured to be tracking Wolves winger Adama Traore who could be keen to link up with his former boss.