A day after the break-up, Tottenham Alderweirald found a replacement.
The news of the agreement came a day after the news of the breakdown of the negotiations came out. Tottenham reportedly agreed to sign Christian Romero (23, Atalanta).
Talk Sports said on the 2nd (Korea time) that Tottenham agreed with Atalanta to recruit Romero from Argentina, who was selected as Serie A’s best defender last season. Romero was recognized as Serie A’s best 11 last season and Argentina’s Copa America victory.
In fact, Romero played 31 league games last season, raising Atlanta to third place in Serie A, as well as winning the Champions League. Tottenham had Romero in mind as a replacement for center-back Toby Alderweiralt (32), who moved to Al-Duhail (Qatar) last week.
However, until the day before, news of the breakdown was heard. “Tottenham and Atalanta met to negotiate the transfer to Romero, but they did not achieve any results,” said Gianluca Dimarzio of Sky Sports Italy.
But the situation changed in a day. “I haven’t seen Romero yet,” Atalanta manager Jean Piero Gasperini said of Romero’s rumors. “We will hear what he thinks when he comes back on Monday,” he said. “It is true that negotiations between the two teams are underway. We will wait and see what kind of evaluation he will receive when he leaves.
Atalanta set Romero’s ransom at up to 60 million euros (81.8 billion won) and at least 55 million euros (74.9 billion won). Tottenham reportedly reached an agreement by adding 43 million pounds (about 68.8 billion won) to a bonus of 4 million pounds (about 6.4 billion won).