Nuno Espirito Santo has given Fabio Paratici his backing to bring Atalanta defender Cristian Romero to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window, according to Calciomercato.
The new Spurs coach wants the north London outfit to begin his reign by reinforcing the defensive line. And Romero is the Portuguese’s top choice for the task, despite Atalanta demanding at least €40m (£34.5m) for his services.
Nuno has alternative options on his shortlist in Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar and Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu. But the former Wolverhampton Wanderers boss would favour Romero, who Paratici has already begun the process of signing.
Paratici had lined up a player-plus-cash offer for Romero, per Calciomercato, last week. While Football.London note the former Juventus chief is now in advanced negotiations with Atalanta, as well, having also been in charge when the 23-year-old moved to Turin in 2019.
But Romero struggled to impress the Old Lady and joined Atalanta on an initial two-year loan deal. They will now pay €16m (£14m) to purchase the Argentina international, before instantly cashing in on the Copa America winner.
Romero also has other Premier League suitors, one of which is Manchester United. But the Red Devils are yet to open negotiations for the five-cap international. Spurs, meanwhile, are extremely eager to conclude discussions, and Atalanta see no reason to waste time either.
All go at Tottenham for Atalanta enforcer Romero
With Nuno giving Paratici the green light to sign Romero, it is all systems go at Tottenham as they seek a deal with Atalanta for the centre-back. The only dark cloud in negotiations is whether Chairman Daniel Levy will free enough funds to meet the £34.5m valuation.
The deal now has the sign off of Tottenham’s manager and Managing Director, plus the player. Calciomercato add that Romero likes Paratici after taking him to Juventus two years ago.
The 23-year-old had only spent a season at Genoa before moving to the Allianz Stadium. Yet Romero is still to represent the Old Lady in a competitive game, having spent each of the last two seasons out on loan.