Tottenham officially unveil the signing of Cristian Romero from Atalanta in £47m deal


Tottenham announce £47m signing of defender Cristian Romero with highly-rated Argentine centre back handed the No 4 shirt after he becomes Nuno Espirito Santo’s fourth new arrival of the summer window

  • Tottenham have officially unveiled the arrival of Cristian Romero from Atalanta 
  • Romero has joined in a deal worth £47million after starring in Serie A last season
  • Fabio Paratici made in-demand Romero a key target for Tottenham this summer 
  • Romero is Tottenham’s fourth signing in this window and will wear the No 4 shirt 

Tottenham have officially unveiled the signing of defender Cristian Romero from Atalanta in a deal worth £47million.

As reported by Sportsmail, Romero was understood to have been the first-choice target of Fabio Paratici, Spurs’ director of football, after impressing in Serie A.

Romero and his agent Ciro Palermo jetted into London on Thursday to wrap up the switch, and Tottenham have now announced their fourth signing of the summer.  

Tottenham have officially announced the signing of defender Cristian Romero from Atalanta

Tottenham have officially announced the signing of defender Cristian Romero from Atalanta

Romero spent one season on loan with Atalanta from Juventus, and the former took up their option – believed to have been worth £13.5m – to sign him permanently.

That allowed them to make a hefty profit as Romero has since been handed the No 4 shirt at Tottenham and is expected to drop straight into their backline. 

Having told the club that he wanted to leave, Atalanta accepted the restructured offer from Tottenham, with the finishing touches taking place on Friday.  

Romero, voted as the best defender in Serie A last season, joins Spurs in a switch worth £47m

Romero, voted as the best defender in Serie A last season, joins Spurs in a switch worth £47m

Spurs have made Romero their fourth signing of the summer and handed him their No 4 shirt

Spurs have made Romero their fourth signing of the summer and handed him their No 4 shirt

His dazzling campaign in the top-flight in Italy saw Romero voted as the best defender, and it is Spurs who have won the race for his signature.

He opened up on the move at the airport to Italian media before jetting into England, and revealed that the ‘project’ pitched to him was the decisive factor.

‘I thank them [Tottenham], from the first day they were interested in me, the project they have for me I liked and so for this I chose Tottenham,’ Romero told Sky Italia. 

‘Now I have to answer on the pitch, but first I want to thank all of Bergamo and Atalanta and all my team-mates. 

Speaking at the airport before jetting to England, Romero spoke highly of Tottenham's 'project'

Speaking at the airport before jetting to England, Romero spoke highly of Tottenham’s ‘project’

‘The coach who made me grow in a way that I never thought, I say thank you to everyone. 

‘I am happy to have made a right choice again, I am very happy for the year I did at Atalanta. 

‘I thank all of Bergamo, I am sorry to leave it but I have to think about my career and I hope this is a good choice. 

‘I have to continue to grow and do so, I have to think about doing well now. 

Romero told Atalanta that he wanted to leave and the club accepted Spurs' restructured offer

Romero told Atalanta that he wanted to leave and the club accepted Spurs’ restructured offer

‘It’s been an incredible year for me, I never thought I’d get to this level.’

Atlanta have been quick to replace outgoing Romero – with Juventus confirming they had sent Merih Demiral out on loan to the Major League Soccer club.  

Meanwhile, Tottenham remain locked in talks over a £15m move for Bologna centre back Takehiro Tomiyasu as they look to build again after Toby Alderweireld’s exit. 

It is also understood that they are fielding offers for Davinson Sanchez, who remains an option for Sevilla.