Tottenham have completed the signing of Cristian Romero from Atalanta in a £43million deal.
Romero, who is now the club’s second-most expensive player in history, is Spurs’ third signing of the summer, joining Bryan Gill and Pierluigi Gollini.
The highly-rated defender arrives as a direct replacement for centre-back Toby Alderweireld, who recently left Tottenham after six years at the club.
Romero brings a fearsome reputation to the Premier League, having just been named Serie A Defender of the Season after helping Atalanta finish third.
The 23-year-old was also an integral player in his country’s recent Copa America success, which handed Lionel Messi his first major trophy at international level.
Tottenham’s new director of football, Fabio Paratici, played a huge role in the deal, using his previous links at Juventus to secure Romero’s services.
The Argentine was loaned out from Juventus last season, with an option to buy which Atalanta have now exercised, buying Romero for £13.6m before immediately selling him for a huge profit.