Atalanta have reportedly accepted a bid from Tottenham for centre-back Cristian Romero.
The Argentine has been Spurs’ top centre-back target this summer and they have now got their man.
That’s according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who says Atalanta have accepted Spurs’ official bid of €50m plus €5m add ons for the 23-year-old.
Barcelona were thought to be challenging Spurs for Romero, but Romano confirmed that the Catalans have never been in the frame.
Cristian Romero to Tottenham, here we go! Atalanta have accepted Spurs official bid for €50m + €5m add ons. Barça have never been in the race. ⚪️🚨 #THFC
Atalanta are closing on Merih Demiral from Juventus on loan with buy option [around €30m total]. Paperworks time soon. pic.twitter.com/5P3efBotV6
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 3, 2021
Former Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson is an admirer of Romero, but says the club still need to look to make further signings, as they lack leadership following the departure of Toby Alderweireld.
“You have to trust Paratici’s knowledge of the Italian market,” Robinson said. “In that field he is an expert so he will know if a deal is good value or not.
“A lot of people won’t know a lot about Romero. I watched him in the Champions League a couple of times last season and I was impressed. He looks like a top-class player so it will be interesting to see if that one gets over the line.
“Spurs need leaders though. I don’t know if there is a language barrier or whether Romero speaks good English but they need someone who is an organiser back there.”
The 34-year-old former England and Manchester City goalkeeper, played 10 times for Spurs last season but only in FA Cup and Europa League games.
On his move to Celtic, Hart said: “This is a great moment for me in my career and I am absolutely delighted to be joining a club of Celtic’s stature.
“I know just how big this club is and of the incredible support that it enjoys, and I can’t wait to play in front of the fans at Celtic Park.
“I’m looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates now and getting to work with the squad and, in particular, the other goalkeepers here.”