Tottenham are close to completing a double swoop for Serie A defensive duo Takehiro Tomiyasu and Cristian Romero, amid talks of a defensive overhaul being demanded by new manager Nuno Espirito Santo this summer.
Both players have been busy on the International stage this summer in their respective competitions, with Romero winning the Copa America with Argentina, and Tomiyasu currently representing his home country Japan in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Furthermore, deals up to this point for the Serie A duo have progressed at a slow and steady rate, but the latest reports out there in Italy suggest that the north Londoners are close to securing both signings.
On the Tomiyasu front, Calciomercato.it are reporting that Fabio Paratici is getting ever-more closer to meeting the demands of Bologna.
The fee structure being reported for the 22-year-old suggests that an offer of €20million (excluding bonuses) has been submitted by Espirito Santo’s side, which the cash-strapped Italian club have found hard to turn down.
On the contrary, it is worth keeping in mind that the deal is not completed as of today, with issues in relation to ‘terms of payment’ still needing to be sorted out.
Interestingly, Atalanta are still in the picture for the Japanese central defender, but all indications point to the way of Tottenham closing out this deal within the next few days.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side are looking at Tomiyasu as a potential Romero replacement, but ironically enough- Spurs could possibly be getting both defenders.
This is because Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has tipped ex-Juventus director Paratici to complete the deal to bring the Argentine over to England this summer.
Romano stated on his Twitch stream: “I’m confident because he’s the priority. Tottenham have a priority and the priority is Cristian Romero.
“Then, let’s see if they can reach an agreement with Atalanta, because you know from Italy, many say done deal, done deal. It was not a done deal this week; they’re negotiating, they’re talking, he is the priority – but it’s not yet a done deal.”
Our football.london Tottenham correspondent Alaisdair Gold gave his verdict to fans on what he feels the outcome will be of these Romero talks, and what could possibly happen if the deal fell through.
He said: ‘”Paratici has a number of players he’s been looking at for the centre-back slot. Among others, there’s Nikola Milenkovic, Maxence Lacroix, the club know all about Milan Skriniar, and Takehiro Tomiyasu can also play in the centre of defence.