Tottenham have been described as being in ‘advanced talks’ over a double deal to sign centre-back Cristian Romero and goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini from Atalanta as new football managing director Fabio Paratici begins to exert his influence on the club.
The centre of defence is a key area that Spurs are targeting in the transfer market this summer, while goalkeeping backup is required following the release of Paulo Gazzaniga.
Spurs are already believed to be close to capturing Bologna centre-back Takehiro Tomiyasu, who is currently on international duty for Japan ahead of the Olympics, but 90min recently revealed that the club ideally want to add two new faces at the heart of the defence.
New manager Nuno Espirito Santo has told the club of his desire to be reunited with Wolves captain Conor Coady, while Joachim Andersen, Jannik Vestergaard and James Tarkowski are other options that have been under consideration, but Jules Kounde has rebuffed an approach.
Having joined from Juventus, Paratici’s expertise lies in the Italian market, so it comes as little surprise football.london now reports that talks for Romero have hit an ‘advanced’ stage.
The 23-year-old started three games for Argentina at this summer’s Copa America, including the victorious final against Brazil, and helped Atalanta finish third in Serie A last season.
Romero is actually midway through a two-year loan from Juventus but Atalanta are expected to trigger an option to buy for a fixed fee of in the region of €16m (£13.8m) a year earlier than planned and now look set to make a quick profit if they succeed in selling him to Spurs.
The fee Spurs would have to pay could be significantly more than that as the profit that Atalanta are expected to make from the deal is described as ‘generous’.
Gollini, meanwhile, is billed as a long-term successor to 34-year-old Hugo Lloris. The Italian goalkeeper has longstanding connections to English football, having joined Manchester United’s youth ranks at the age of 17 and then later spent time at Aston Villa in the Championship.
He has been Atalanta’s number one since 2018, during which time the club has finished third in Serie A three seasons in a row to become an established Champions League qualifier.