Romero, 23, is Spurs’ main goal to strengthen the heart of Nuno Espirito Santo’s defense for the start of the season in three weeks time. They are negotiating a deal with his Italian club, who loaned him to Juventus with a purchase obligation at the end of the campaign.
A deal for the Argentina international is expected to cross the £ 40million mark if talks progress over the next few days. Spurs sporting director Fabio Paratici has known the player since his time at Juve and believes he would be suitable for the Premier League.
Spurs have also signed Romero’s teammate Pierluigi Gollini as Joe Hart’s replacement goalkeeper on a one-season loan, and have tied Son Heung-min to a new long-term deal until 2025.
Gil, 20, signed a contract until 2026 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He will join his new teammates after the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where he represents Spain.
The move ends Lamela’s eight-year stay with Spurs. The 29-year-old Argentine joined Roma in August 2013 and has played 257 matches in all competitions. Spurs said on their website: “A club man from start to finish, we wish Erik all the best for the future. “
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Romero has been an outstanding performer for the past three years after making his Serie A debut with Genoa and being loaned there for a second season after buying Juventus, which was a deal being watched by Paratici.
He appeared in the Champions League last season on loan at Atalanta, which he helped to finish third in the table as a regular for Gian Piero Gasperini’s side.
Spurs are looking to reshape their bottom line under Nuno, after last season when they relied on Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Davison Sanchez as center-backs. The deal with Romero still has a long way to go between the clubs, but he would be a dominant center-back for Spurs if he made it to the Premier League.
They are still negotiating a deal for Takehiro Tomiyasu of Bologna, who is currently competing in the Olympics with Japan. Tomiyasu can play center-back and right-back and personal conditions won’t be an issue if clubs accept fees.
Was Son’s future in doubt?
Son’s contract had two years to go, but negotiations had progressed at the end of last season and had been agreed in principle ready for a summer announcement.
His new terms keep him committed to the club for the next three years and is expected to earn him at least £ 10million a year before bonuses for his appearances and performances.