Tottenham Hotspur is expected to confirm the € 55m ($ 65m) signing of Atalanta defender Cristian Romero within the next 48 hours, sources told ESPN.com.
The 23-year-old completed the last part of his medical exam on Thursday, and if there are no complications, he is expected to fly to London to finalize the paperwork.
The Spurs agreed to a pass that would be around € 50m, with add-ons for € 5m, in a transfer that will become the second most expensive in club history after the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for € 60m in July 2019.
In addition, it would be the third signing of the new coach Nuno Espírito Santo after the arrival of goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini – on loan from Atalanta – and the incorporation of Bryan Gil from Sevilla through a pass that sent Erik Lamela in the opposite direction.
The Spurs are believed to have favored Romero under the influence of the club’s director of football, Fabio Paratici. The center-back was named Serie A Best Defender of the Year last season, when he made 42 appearances in all competitions and Atalanta finished third and lost the Coppa Italia final to Juventus.
Romero came to Atalanta on a two-year loan from Juventus early in the 2020-21 season with the option to make the permanent pass for € 16m ($ 19m), payable in three installments.
Spurs were keen to add a center back last season, and former manager José Mourinho had identified Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar as his preferred target. However, the clubs did not reach an agreement, and with the arrivals of Nuno and Paratici, Tottenham changed their approach.