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Tottenham D-Day coming for £41m Cristian Romero deal; final midfield transfer eyed to complete perfect window

Tottenham centre-back Cristian Romero

Tottenham will sign Cristian Romero outright before the month is out, and a report has revealed a midfield addition could still be made to round out the perfect transfer window.

The Argentine, centre-half, 24, excelled in his maiden campaign in north London last term. Romero was a mainstay on the right of Antonio Conte’s back three and was a key factor in helping Spurs to snatch fourth spot.

However, many may have forgotten Romero was only signed on loan from Atalanta.

The defender penned a one-year loan deal last summer, though the move did include an option to buy. Football London reported the move included certain easily achievable targets that would effectively turn the option into an obligation in all but name.

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!”

Romero changed squad number to his favoured No 17 this summer. That was another indication his long-term future was in north London despite his permanent arrival not yet being wrapped up.

However, according to the Telegraph, any lingering concerns Spurs fans may have can be laid to rest.

Cristian Romero to finally sign outright

They reported Tottenham ‘will trigger’ their option to sign Romero for £41m ‘this month’.

Tottenham reportedly have a ‘set period of time’ to turn the temporary move permanent and it is due to expire later in August.

Spurs fully intend to sign Romero outright and when they do, there will be an official announcement from the club.

The initial idea upon his loan deal being agreed was that Romero would ultimately end up at Spurs in a permanent capacity.

That’s why a five-year contract was drawn up for after his loan move is turned permanent, per Football London.

In reality, that means once Romero is signed outright, personal terms and the contract length will be those negotiated last summer.

Creative midfielder the final act?

Once Romero has arrived, the Telegraph report one final incoming could be sanctioned – other than Destiny Udogie.

The report adds Spurs could still be in the hunt for a creative midfielder, though stop short of naming targets.

Tottenham had been linked with Christian Eriksen before he signed for Manchester United.

However, Eriksen later reported Spurs did not show serious interest in bringing him back on board.