Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini has admitted that new signing Matteo Lovato could replace Cristian Romero, who has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham have been locked in talks with Atalanta for Romero over the past few couple of weeks but reports indicated until a few days go that there was still a significant distance between the two clubs’ valuations of the central defender.

However, it emerged on Saturday that Tottenham had increased their offer to over €50m (£42.6m) for the 23-year-old but it was suggested that Atalanta had asked for time to secure a replacement before finalising the players sale to the Lilywhites.

It has also been reported that Romero has agreed personal terms with Spurs and is pushing for a move to North London.

Gasperini has insisted that Lovato, who they signed from Hellas Verona earlier this summer, has shown during pre-season that he is capable of replacing the Spurs-linked defender.

He said (via The Evening Standard): “He (Lovato) has already played three friendlies. If he replaces Romero, we’re fine.”

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After weeks of deadlock, it finally appears like the Romero deal is now close to completion. Hopefully, the move will accelerate once the centre-back returns to pre-season training with Atalanta and makes his intention to leave the club clear.

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