Borussia Dortmund have opened talks with Juventus over Merih Demiral that could impact Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of Atalanta’s Cristian Romero, according to Calciomercato.
BVB refuse to give up on signing Demiral this summer as Marco Rose wants to strengthen the Westfalenstadion defence. But Juventus are yet to warm to Dortmund’s approach as the Bundesliga side are playing hardball over the fee.
Dortmund do not want to pay more than €25-30m (£21-25.5m) for the Turkey international and would prefer a loan-to-buy deal. However, Juve Sports Coordinator Federico Cherubini, Fabio Paratici’s replacement, wants at least €5m (£4m) more and a higher share upfront.
Demiral wants to leave Juventus and talks are ongoing with Dortmund, but considerable distance remains between the two sides. BVB moving closer to Cherubini’s demands for Demiral could impact Tottenham’s pursuit of Atalanta’s Juventus loanee Romero, though.
Spurs have agreed a five-year deal with Romero, per Gianluca Di Marzio, but The Guardian report Paratici will not pay Atalanta’s asking price. The Serie A side want €55m (£47m) for the Copa America winner, who they would look to replace with Demiral.
That’s according to Calciomercato, who claim La Dea view Demiral and Sven Botman as their top targets to replace Romero. But BVB striking a deal with Juventus for the former could now derail the Serie A side’s attempt to keep Gian Piero Gasperini’s side competitive.
Dortmund could deal Tottenham double blow by signing Demiral amid Romero pursuit
Dortmund could deal Tottenham a double blow by meeting Juventus’ €35m (£30m) Demiral tag and then stopping Atalanta from selling Romero. Tuttosport have previously noted Paratici has eyed a move for the Juve centre-back himself, potentially as a backup target.
But Paratici would not be able to turn to his Plan B if Dortmund beat Spurs to the Turkey international. Making it increasingly important that Tottenham agree a fee with Atalanta soon so they can replace Romero with Demiral.
Otherwise, the north Londoners’ search for Nuno Espirito Santo’s new centre-back will likely continue. Having already missed out on Jules Kounde after he rejected a move from Sevilla, per Marca, before prioritising signing Romero.