Tottenham Hotspur have turned their attention to Alessio Romagnoli in their search for defensive reinforcements, according to reports.
Spurs are still on the lookout for a new manager and one of the new boss’ first tasks will be to strengthen in defence. There are doubts over the futures of Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez, while Eric Dier and Joe Rodon are the only other options. It is clear that they require reinforcements.
There have been links with a plethora of names, and the latest to be suggested – by Mundo Deportivo – is Romagnoli.
The Italian international has been at Milan since 2015, becoming club captain three years later. However, despite his role of seniority, he has fallen down the pecking order in recent months.
Milan signed Fikayo Tomori on loan from Chelsea in January to add more competition at the back. Romagnoli’s opportunities were thus reduced and that will continue to be the case if Tomori signs permanently.
Therefore, with just one year left on his contract, it seems Milan will cash in on the 26-year-old this summer.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are interested in acquiring his services, but they will face competition from Tottenham.
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Whereas he is only a backup target for Barca – as he will be cheaper than Pau Torres, Jules Kounde or Matthijs De Ligt – he may have a higher place on Tottenham’s shortlist.
Wherever he ends up, Milan are willing to sell after accepting that he won’t sign a renewal. They will now seek to gain a decent transfer fee.
Romagnoli was linked with Manchester United back in March, and there have been rumours about Chelsea’s interest in the past. But now it seems Tottenham are his main Premier League suitors.
Tottenham linked with Juventus duo
There could be an Italian flavour to Tottenham’s business this summer, especially if Fabio Paratici becomes their sporting director, as seems likely.
Earlier this week, there were reports claiming that Paratici would try to get two Juventus players to follow him to north London.
One of those is another defender in Leonardo Bonucci, who has vast experience. He remains under contract in Turin for a while, but Tottenham could try to tempt him away.
In addition, teammate Dejan Kulusevski could also be a target for Tottenham. The attacking midfielder is one of Juve’s most promising talents, so it might be hard for Spurs to sign him.
But with Paratici at the helm, they can expect to pursue more Serie A players in the coming months.