Tottenham Hotspur will activate the buy clause for Cristian Romero in the coming days, claims transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: One signing in the bag?
News broke on Monday evening of Spurs’ potential first signing of the summer as Antonio Conte moves to lock up a deputy for Hugo Lloris.
According to The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath, Southampton man Fraser Forster is set for a medical this week as his contract at St. Mary’s is due to expire this summer.
McGrath says the deal for the England international will be completed imminently, and it looks like Fabio Paratici is not messing around as news has now broken on the second capture of the summer…
The Latest: Romano’s update
According to Twitter’s favourite transfer market expert, Tottenham will activate the buy clause in Romero’s deal, making his loan move from Atalanta permanent.
Taking to social media, Romano said: “Tottenham will activate £40m obligation to buy clause in the coming days for Cristian Romero. ‘Signing of the season’ according to Jamie Carragher.
“Fabio Paratici wanted him as key player and Romero will be part of the project – he has already signed until June 2026.”
The Verdict: Fantastic player
The defender penning a permanent deal with the north London club will come as a huge sigh of relief to Paratici and Conte, as they have made the Argentine a focal point in their long-term build.
Having arrived at Hotspur Way on an initial loan deal last summer from Italian side Atalanta, the Argentina international has gone on to establish himself as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old made 22 appearances in the English top-flight this campaign, unfortunately missing out on parts of the season with a hamstring injury and hip problems.
According to FB Ref, Romero ranks in the 99th percentile for tackles, in the 97th percentile for pressures and the 94th percentile for blocks across positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues.
With the agreements for both Romero and Forster now seemingly set to be completed ‘in the coming days’, this could mark the start of Conte’s summer spending spree at Tottenham.
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