Report: Club to decide when Spurs have to pay £42.5m fee for loan player

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Cristian Romero
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Tottenham have allowed Atalanta to decide when the transfer fee for on-loan defender Cristian Romero should be fully paid off, according to Prima Bergamo. 

Spurs signed the Argentina international from the Serie A side over the summer after impressing during the 2020/21 season for club and country.

The deal for Romero was initially said to be a loan with an option to buy worth €50 million (£42.5m) inserted into the contract, but this latest report indicates that the permanent transfer is a matter of when, rather than if.

However, Italian publication Prima Bergamo claim Spurs have allowed Atalanta to decide when that payment will happen, with the report stating Gian Piero Gasperini’s side will demand the full fee at some point in 2022. 

It adds the Bergamo outfit could use the finances received to make a permanent move for Juventus defender Merih Demiral, who was signed on loan as Romero’s direct replacement in the summer. 

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The deal for Romero overall was a confusing one, but ultimately a move that benefitted both parties at the time. For Spurs, the delay in paying the full fee will have allowed them some extra wiggle room over the summer to make an additional signing or two.  

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