Tottenham have completed the signing of with Argentine defender Cristian Romero on a long-term deal.
As first reported by football.london last month, the Lilywhites have been chasing Romero as a replacement for Belgian centre-half Toby Alderweireld, who joined Qatari outfit Al-Duhail in July for a fee believed to be in the region of £12million.
Romero is Spurs’ third signing of the summer, with Spanish playmaker Bryan Gil arriving in a player-plus-cash deal involving Erik Lamela, before Romero’s former Atalanta teammate Pierluigi Gollini joined the club on a season-long loan.
The deal to bring the 23-year-old will likely cost in the region of £43million, making him the north London club’s second most expensive signing ever, with French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele the only Tottenham player to cost more.
football.london understands that Romero’s international teammate Lionel Messi had urged Barcelona to make a move for his compatriot before the tough-tackling centre-back opted to join another Argentine, Giovani Lo Celso, at Spurs.
In fact, Messi is now a free agent after the Blaugrana confirmed on Thursday evening that he would be ending a 21-year association with the Catalan club following his contact expiry.
Tottenham fans then flocked to social media to voice their delight at their club signing Romero before urging footballing director Fabio Paratici to make a sensational swoop for Messi as well. Here is how a select few reacted to the news.
@CestlavieRennes : “Get Messi to come too.”
@jxmiecoys : “BEST CB IN THE PREM.”
@Harrisonbbfc : “ Annonce (sic) messi.”
@Sandro_GLC18 : “Agent GIOOOOOO.”
@NaldoUtd : “a CB fully worth £50m, miles better than Ben White.”
Romero looks to be an exciting addition to Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad given his impressive defensive numbers last term.
The youngster, who was awarded the Serie A defender of the Year award last term, averaged 2.92 tackles, 2.75 interceptions and 4.06 successful aerial duels per 90 minutes last season.
Comparatively, no Spurs centre-half came remotely close in any of these three categories across the 2020/21 campaign.
Source by Football London