Cristian Romero is the newest addition at Tottenham Hotspur.
The 23-year-old’s move was officially announced on Friday night, making him the north London outfit’s third signing of the summer transfer window following deals for Pierluigi Gollini and Bryan Gil.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the central defender – who has taken over the No.4 shirt that was made vacant when Toby Alderweireld joined Al-Duhail – has promised to give his all for the Spurs.
“I’m very happy to be wearing this shirt and to come to this club. I want to thank the fans for all the messages. You wanted me here and I am here,” he said.
“Now I’ll try and respond and show faith that the club is showing in me.
“And I’m ready to start and give everything for this shirt. Come on you Spurs.”
With that said, there has been a little confusion in regards to Romero’s transfer as some fans aren’t too sure if it’s a loan or permanent deal.
Well, football.london understands that it is the former.
To clear up the situation, the agreement between Spurs and Atalanta is a season-long loan deal with an option – not obligation – to buy for £42.5million.
Furthermore, all parties expect the deal to go through next summer hence why a five-year contract has already been agreed between Romero and the north London outfit.
As a result, Romero could end up spending the next six years of his career with Spurs and given his reputation as one of the most promising defenders in Europe, it is potentially some astute business from Managing Director of Football Fabio Paratici.
This is how the Italian usually operates in transfer windows, preferring loan deals with options to buy which, in this case, allows Spurs to avoid making a major payment until the revenue streams are back to normal after the effects of Covid-19.
Romero has now been reunited with his former Atalanta teammate in Gollini and the pair will be hopeful of helping Tottenham improve on last season’s seventh-placed Premier League finish.
Source by Football London