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Report: Spurs will have to make second-highest offer in club history to sign 23-year-old target

Spurs could reportedly struggle to sign Serie A defender and Pierluigi Gollini’s teammate Cristian Romero.

According to Sky Sports News, Atalanta have placed a ‘sizeable valuation’ on the 23-year-old Argentine defender.

The Italian club could demand as much as £39m for the centre-back. Spurs are just one of the sides keen on Romero.

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Tottenham are keen to sign a centre-back this summer. Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jules Kounde are also targets for Spurs. Yet the north London side are yet to confirm a signature for any defender this window.

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Indeed, Romero could be an excellent addition to Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad. The defender enjoyed a breakout year with Atalanta last campaign. The former Juventus star was named Serie A’ Best Defender for the 2020/21 season.

However, the £39m price tag could be a sticking point for Spurs. As figures from Transfermarkt show, Romero would become Tottenham’s second-most expensive signing in club history if Daniel Levy was to make a move.

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With the club appointing Fabio Paratici this summer, Spurs could be able to negotiate a cheap transfer fee with Atalanta for Romero.

But, with Tottenham already taking the Serie A side’s starting goalkeeper, they might be reluctant to also let go of their best performing centre-back last season.

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