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According to Calciomercato, a huge auction is now expected for Atalanta defender Cristian Romero, with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur expected to move.

Atalanta are set to sign another defender in Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu, and they could now cash in on Romero in what could be a tad complex.

Romero still has a year left on his loan deal from Juventus, but Atalanta may activate their option to buy now in order to sell high this summer.

Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United and Barcelona are described as the clubs most likely to take part in a huge auction for his signature this summer.

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Liverpool’s interest in Romero

Sky Italia reported last week that Liverpool had made their first move for Romero by lodging an enquiry for the Argentinian.

Liverpool did though just splash money on Ibrahima Konate, so it feels a little hard to imagine them spending big cash on Romero too.

So what about Tottenham moving for Romero?

Tottenham need a centre back and Fabio Paratici seemingly wants to focus on building a strong defensive side at Spurs, so a deal for Romero adds up.

With any deal for Romero expected to be worth at least €50million (£43million), Tottenham would have to dig deep in order to sign the 23-year-old.

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How has Romero performed in Italy?

The centre back starred at Genoa, earning his 2019 move to Juventus, but he was loaned straight back to Genoa and then on to Atalanta.

Romero may well leave Juventus without ever playing a game for them, but Paratici will know him well having signed him for Juve.

Romero was hailed for dominating Zlatan Ibrahimovic last season, and that’s the kind of defender Tottenham would love to sign – but beating Liverpool, United and Barca won’t be easy.

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