Report: Atalanta increase price tag for Tottenham target Romero

Atalanta have allegedly slapped a €60-65m price tag on Tottenham Hotspur target Cristian Romero.

What’s the story?

The defender is reportedly the Londoners’ number one defensive target for this transfer window.

Spurs had been trying to agree on a fee with the Serie A outfit, but were struggling to meet their €55m (£47.1m) asking price.

However, according to Tuttosport, the presence of Barcelona has changed the Goddess’s mind about the ‘phenomenon‘. Atalanta are now demanding between €60m and €65m for the ace (£51m-£55.3m).

The Black and Blues are hoping to start an auction between the two sides for their player.

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Tottenham must stand firm

It is a setback for the north London outfit, but a minor one.

Tottenham need to stand firm in the face of Atalanta’s increased price tag for Romero.

While Barcelona is an attractive destination, the Catalan club are in the midst of a financial crisis. The Spanish giants need to offload players before they can even register new ones, never mind make signings.

It leaves Nuno Espirito Santo’s team in the driving seat for the player.

However this is football and, while Tottenham look likely to complete a deal, crazy things can happen.

Tottenham may need to pay €10m (£8.5m) extra for the player, and is overpaying slightly that bad?

Some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs have done it, and reaped the rewards, in recent years.

Virgil van Dijk went for £75m and well, we all know what happened next. Meanwhile, Harry Maguire went for £80m, a fee many disputed at the time, and he has been a tower of consistency over the last year or so.

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