EPL transfer tattle: Spurs poised to sign Serie A defender of the year Romero for €55m
Despite being known to turn hairy and green during the Christmas season, Levy has evidently decided to compromise his principles by fully backing new Spurs coach Nuno Espírito Santo in the transfer market – probably as a way of trying to make the long list of managers who turned him down jealous.
And by signing Romero, Levy might have just succeeded in getting other managers to cast envious glances in Spurs’ direction.
After all, the Argentinian was voted Serie A Defender of the Year after a stellar campaign which saw him make 42 appearances across all competitions for Atalanta, who finished third in the league and reached the Coppa Italia final. This means that Romero has yet to win a trophy at club level, making him a perfect fit for Spurs.
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The 23-year-old, who will be Spurs’ second most expensive transfer after Tanguy Ndombele (€60m), is understood to have undergone the final part of his medical on Thursday (SGT), and is due to fly to London sometime this week to finalise the move.
Spurs have been on the lookout for a new defender following the departure of long-serving centre-back Toby Alderweireld, who left the club this summer to join Qatari side Al-Duhail.
This essentially means that Romero will have his work cut out for him when he joins Spurs, as he will either have to partner with the error-prone Davinson Sanchez, the relatively inexperienced Joe Rodon, or the identity crisis that is Eric Dier.
Romero will represent Spurs’ third signing of the season, following the captures of goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini (loan) and Spanish winger Bryan Gil.
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Spurs, however, remain in danger of losing their captain and striker-in-chief Harry Kane, who has continued his strike for a third consecutive day.
The 28-year-old is upset at not being allowed to move to reigning English Premier League (EPL) champions Manchester City. The Citizens, who saw their £100m (S$187m) bid for the England striker rejected, have now turned their attentions towards Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.
But given the vast amount of wealth they possess (think Jeff Bezos, divided by three), there is every chance they will go back for Kane again even after securing Grealish.
And Kane, who reportedly went against the club’s wishes and extended his holiday in the United States, thus making him a doubt for Spurs’ opening EPL match against – you couldn’t make this up – Man City, is hoping that his actions will force Levy to agree to a sale.
When asked about the situation following Spurs’ pre-season 2-2 draw with Chelsea, Nuno remained coy, as he said: “I expect to speak with Harry soon. I haven't had the chance yet. We have to first of all solve the problems ourselves, then I will speak to you.
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“It's not that I don't want to comment, what I believe is all this issue in relation to everything should be discussed internally, among us. Let's try to avoid any kind of public argument or discussion about it. We have to focus on what is important, solve the situation, between us.
“All of pre-season has been hard for every club. It's different, I know, but the absence of a lot of players due to international duty has made it a hard time for a lot of managers.”