15/09/2021; 1:18 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Romero joined Tottenham on a five-year deal for a fee of around £42.5 million.
Tottenham have become notorious for holding on tenaciously to any of their players they hold in high esteem. Daniel Levy has made a name for himself in extracting every value he can from any player the club sells.
For all Levy's actions and toughness on the negotiating table, he is still to shake off the impression that his club is a selling one. It is probably why Manchester City fancied their chances to get Harry Kane. In the end, Kane was left furious as Spurs frustrated all efforts for him to move to City.
Tottenham seem to be on a rebuilding curve, and some of their players are beginning to show some value.
One player that has piqued the interest of other clubs is Cristian Romero. It seems his Tottenham deal is not watertight and Barcelona, who have held a long interest in the defender, are keen to swoop in again for the player.
When Manchester City came calling at the N17, it was with a truckload of cash. They were intent on making Harry Kane the most expensive player in England. Whatever their wish was, Daniel Levy had otheras.
Every bid for the mercurial English striker was rebuffed till the deal fell through. The player had angled for a move out of Tottenham and felt Manchester City would represent a place to actualize his dream of winning trophies.
Before the deal could progress, there was a sudden turnaround with the player announcing he would stay at Tottenham.
Whatever Levy and the club transfer chief Fabio Paratici did behind the scenes was effective, and they will look to repeat the trick against Barcelona. A Spanish publication, Fichajes, believes that Barcelona are still interested in Romero and would look to test Tottenham's resolve.
It was a busy summer for Fabio Paratici, who has had to do a lot of load shedding for the London club.
Following the departure of Jose Mourinho, the club moved to offload several players and was successful in the market.
Over the past few months, a few of their older players were offloaded. Moussa Sissoko, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela were victims of the Italian's clean up job. Paratici was also able to bring in some players.
Pierluigi Gollini came in on a season-long loan, while Emerson Royal came in permanently from Barcelona. Bryan Gil and Cristian Romero also joined the London club with Pape Sarr.
Romero, 23, joined Genoa in 2018. He transferred to Juventus the following year for €26 million but remained on loan at Genoa for the rest of the season.
He was also loaned to Atalanta in 2020, with an option to buy. Romero was voted 2020/21, Serie A defender of the season.