Cristian Romero joined Tottenham from Atalanta on a season’s loan with an option- not obligation- for a €55m (£46.7m) permanent deal.
The Serie A club writes: “Atalanta BC announce that the player Cristian Romero has joined Tottenham Hotspur on loan, with an option to make the move permanent.”
Romero initially joined Tottenham on loan, but with the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.
Now had the below confirmed. It is indeed a loan with option to buy Cristian Romero for £42.5m and five-year contract agreed with player for after initial loan. Similar to Lo Celso. Matches Atalanta’s deal for Demiral in that both clubs don’t have to pay until later. Clever deal.
For those asking, it’s an option to buy for Spurs rather than an obligation, but one expected by all parties to go through, hence why the long term contract with the player for after the loan has already been agreed.
Now had the below confirmed. It is indeed a loan with option to buy Cristian Romero for £42.5m and five-year contract agreed with player for after initial loan. Similar to Lo Celso. Matches Atalanta's deal for Demiral in that both clubs don't have to pay until later. Clever deal. https://t.co/Hi05MEcxEq
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) August 7, 2021
There had been initial confusion following Spurs signing Romero, with the club announcing it as an official transfer while the Italian outfit revealed it was on a loan deal with an option to buy.
But Spurs boss Antonio Conte has put to bed any doubts over the defender’s future and revealed that he will remain a Spurs player for next season.
“I think the club bought him. I think so,” he said. “He’s on loan but we have an obligation to buy. We bought him!” – Conte when asked whether Romero will be at Tottenham next season.
Romero has already caught the eye in a Spurs shirt on several occasions this season, putting on a near faultless display in North London with 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.
It is certainly one of the more complicated deals but, nonetheless, Conte has confirmed that Romero will be a Tottenham player next campaign.
And that will be music to the ears of Spurs fans, especially following his performance especially against Newcastle.
But they aren’t the only ones who will be happy with this news either, as Conte himself has described Romero as an “important” player in his side.