Report: Spurs ‘not willing to pay’ club’s asking price for centre-back 

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Fabio Paratici
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The Guardian have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are not willing to meet Atalanta’s asking price for Cristian Romero.

Football.London’s Alasdair Gold provided some optimism for Spurs fans by reporting on Saturday that Daniel Levy had given the green light for a deal for Romero to be completed. The journalist claimed that the fee was expected to be in the region of £38.5m. 

Gazzetta dello Sport then revealed on Sunday that Spurs’ €50m (£42.8m) offer for the Argentine international had been rejected, with Atalanta demanding ‘€55m immediately’ (£47m) if they wish to sign the 23-year-old this summer.

Tuttosport put Atalanta’s asking price for the centre-back even higher at €60m (£51.3m).

The Guardian have now backed up Gazzetta dello Sport’s claim by revealing that the Serie A club’s asking price is closer to €55m.

However, they reveal that the North Londoners have no intention of meeting that valuation.

The report adds that the Lilywhites view Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu, Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma and Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic as potential alternatives to Romero.

Spurs Web Opinion 

Some Spurs fans might be frustrated at the club’s unwillingness to pay a few million extra to get the deal over the line.

However, we know that Paratici likes to negotiate with up to ten players for one position and it stands to reason that one of the main benefits of that strategy is to ensure clubs cannot hold us for ransom.

So, we need to stay patient and trust in the process. 

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