Tottenham is interested in signing Atalanta Argentinian centre back Cristian Romero for €55m. The 23-year-old last season won the Copa America with Argentina. With the departure of Toby Alderweireld from the club, there is a void for a ball playing centre back.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham is keen on signing the Argentinian. Currently being valued at £31.50m by Transfermarkt, the asking price being so high could be due to his current contract. Cristian has a contract with Atalanta till the year 2025. Juventus had sold him in 2021 for a fee of €16m to Atalanta after a season-long loan.
Cristian Romero started 29 games in the Seria A last season scoring 2 and assisting 2 goals. He played 0.3 key passes per 90 as well as having a pass accuracy of 86%. According to his average positions, Cristian Romero likes to progress with the ball into the midfield positions. Atalanta plays with a high pressing, inverted Centre back system.
What does Cristian Romero help compact the Tottenham Défense?
Atalanta plays with a high pressing, inverted Centre back system. An inverted centre back is a player who is allowed to make runs as a striker from the defence. Gian Piero Gasperini teams play with high pressing while having positional fluidity similar to that of Leeds.
Cristian Romero was comfortable playing as the centre back in 3-centre back-formation. As well as a part of the 2 in a 2-centre back formation for his club and his nation. It must be noted that last season he also had a long ball accuracy of 61%. This can come vital for Tottenham if they feel to emphasise on long balls towards their strikers.
Cristian Romero also tackled 2.2 times per 90 which is the most compared to any Tottenham defender last season. He also intercepted the ball 3.4 times per 90 which is more than double the amount done by any player in Tottenham.
Is there a back up transfer plan by spurs if this Transfer fails?
According to Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham has another transfer plan of this one break down. The other plan consists of signing three defenders for the same total amount of €55m. The three defenders being Tomiyasu from Bologna from Florentina, Milenkovic and Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.