Tottenham have reportedly made a ‘monstrous’ bid for Atalanta defender Christian Romero, with director of football Fabio Paratici pushing for the deal.
And Calcio Mercato (via Sport Witness) claim Spurs have submitted a ‘monstrous’ offer of around €55m for Romero.
The 23-year-old made 29 starts at the heart of Atalanta’s defence last season, sparking interest from a number of clubs, including Barcelona.
Paratici is at the centre of negotiations for Spurs and is continuing to push for the deal, despite the Serie A side making it a ‘difficult negotiation’.
It’s not clear whether Atalanta are willing to accept the Spurs offer, but the report claims talks will be ‘complex’.
Barcelona could yet make an offer, but their financial struggles mean they will likely have to sell players before they can move for Romero.
Meanwhile, another player now linked with Spurs is Renato Sanches.
Lille’s director Olivier Letang admitted at the end of June that he is unsure whether they will be able to keep Sanches this summer.
“There are already some clubs interested because we have had a recent discussion,” Letang said. “But everybody needs to be happy for this to happen.
“I do not know if Renato will stay with us or not. Not yet. Let’s see. But as a top, top-profile player, it’s logical that you get some top clubs that are interested in him.”
And now French publication Le10Sport reckon that Lille have taken a ‘big decision’ over Sanches by deciding to ‘sell the Portuguese player during this summer transfer window’.
They describe Tottenham as being ‘on the spot’ for his signature, while Barcelona have ‘met his entourage to discuss a possible arrival in Catalonia’.
Barca ‘must sell’ before they can move for Sanches – giving Premier League clubs the edge in negotiations – and Le10Sport add that he ‘could well leave Ligue 1 in the coming weeks’.
Speaking recently, Sanches would not be drawn on the transfer rumours, he said: “Regarding my future, these are only your conclusions, I will not comment on the rumors that concern me.”