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Report: Tottenham and Manchester United told they to pay £52m to get Atalanta star Cristian Romero

Cristian Romero is set for a tumultuous summer. He remains a Juventus player. But Calciomercato claim Atalanta want to make his loan permanent, a year ahead of schedule – and then sell him for a big profit. Tottenham and Manchester United are in the race, but he could cost a huge £52million.

So, Romero. A 23-year-old defender who joined Atalanta on a two-year loan deal from Juventus last summer. But not many could have predicted the success he has had. Playing 42 times at centre-back, Romero has helped Atalanta keep 12 clean sheets – not bad for an attack-minded side.

Even Romero himself has had a hand in eight goals. That form has seen him become a part of Argentina’s Copa America side – who are in the final. Atalanta want to make his loan permanent and little surprise. They included a permanent clause in the loan worth just £13.75million.

But then, Atalanta are also open to a quick sale – and a quick profit. The report claims that Atalanta could sell Romero for a fee in the region of £52million – with Barcelona, Tottenham and Manchester United all keen. The report also states that Romero could be kept by Atalanta.

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And for Manchester United, and for Barcelona. It is a cliche that he has a bit of everything, but he really does. As stated, he can score and create goals. A ball-playing defender, he also boasts the tenacity and aggression expected of an Argentine centre-back. A Marcos Rojo, but better.

Tottenham need defenders. They are closing in on Takehiro Tomiyasu, and have made a second bid. But they could do with another option, with Toby Alderweireld likely to go. So, Romero would be ideal. But Jules Kounde also remains an option, being described as a priority for Nuno Espirito Santo.

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