Tottenham Hotspur trigger clause to make ‘Cuti’ stay permanent in north London

Cristian Romero Kai Havertz August 2022

Tottenham are “delighted” to announce that Cristian Romero has signed a permanent deal with the north London club.

The defender had been a loan acquisition last summer from Atalanta. Romero penned a one-year loan deal last summer, with an option to buy. And Spurs have finally taken up that option such was Romero’s impact last season.

The 24-year-old Argentinian became a mainstay in Antonio Conte’s back three. And noe he has penned a permanent deal until 2027 for a reported fee of around £41m.

The Telegraph reported earlier this month that Spurs’ intention was to make the move permanent. And if last season’s loan and perfomance-based add-ons are included, Tottenham will have paid a total of £47m for Romero.

The purchase clause was due to expire at the end of August. So Spurs have moved to get the deal over the line.

Conte previously went on record to state he thought Spurs had acquired Romero outright in February.

“I think the club bought him,” said the Italian. “I think so. He’s on loan but we have an obligation to buy. We bought him!”

A Spurs statement read: “We are delighted to announce the permanent signing of Cristian Romero.

“After initially joining the club on a season-long loan from Atalanta in August, 2021, the Argentina international has agreed a deal that will run until 2027.

Romero injury

“Having arrived as the ‘Best Defender’ in Serie A and a Copa America winner, ‘Cuti’ has made 32 appearances for us to date, scoring his first goal in a victory over Brighton in March, 2022.

“A commanding defender with the ability to bring the ball out from the back. Cuti was a vital part of Antonio Conte’s back three that ended the previous season with 10 wins from 14 Premier League games, helping the team secure a fourth place finish and a return to the UEFA Champions League.

“At international level, he has made 11 appearances for his country to date, scoring once and in June, 2022. He capped off an impressive campaign as La Albiceleste claimed the CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions in the inaugural ‘Finalissima’, beating Italy at Wembley.”

Romero started the first two games of the season, but he has missed the last two matches with an adductor problem.

“Cuti’s recovery is going very well. I think at the start of next week [he will] start to have the training session with the rest of the team, but for this game, [he is] not available,” said Conte last week.