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Tottenham transfer news: Conte chuffed, with Liverpool-beating Romero part of £67m double deal

Tottenham centre-back Cristian Romero

Tottenham will complete permanent moves for Dejan Kulusevski and Cristian Romero this summer, and the latter was recently selected for an award ahead of Liverpool’s Luis Diaz.

Spurs are quietly assembling a squad that look capable of causing a nosebleed or two in the coming years. Antonio Conte was undoubtedly Tottenham’s biggest coup, though their signings on the player end haven’t been far behind.

Rodrigo Bentancur was snapped up in January and has hit the ground running. His arrival coincided with that of Dejan Kulusevski’s on loan – also from Juventus.

Spurs’ headline addition last summer was fellow Serie A stalwart Cristian Romero. The 24-year-old moved to north London from Atalanta on loan and the deal contained an obligation to buy this summer.

Now, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has confirmed both Romero and Kulusevski will complete their permanent moves this summer.

Kulusevski had arrived on an 18-month loan, though Tottenham inserted an option to buy for around £25m that could be activated after just six months.

That, along with the £42m Romero will cost (prior to £4m in add-ons), will take Spurs’ outlay for the double deal to £67m.

Romano noted the pair are considered a ‘key’ part of the Tottenham project, both in the present and future. Furthermore, the journalist added Conte is ‘very happy’ with the pair.

Cristian Romero selected over Luis Diaz

Romero’s impact came as no surprise after being named the best defender in Serie A last season. And on yesterday’s Monday Night Football, he scooped another, albeit unofficial, award.

When Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher dished out their end of season awards, Carragher selected Romero as his signing of the season.

Neville opted for Liverpool’s Luis Diaz, though Carragher explained his selection when comparing him to ex-Chelsea ace, Ricardo Carvalho.

“He reminds me of Ricardo Carvalho at Chelsea,” said Carragher of Romero. “He isn’t the biggest of defenders, but he is clever, he’s switched on, he is cool on the ball. I think Tottenham have a real player there.”

The full list of awards – including a player of the year for Son Heung-min – can be found here.

How far will Conte take Tottenham?

The type of strong and rugged players Tottenham have signed since Conte took charge have helped Spurs to add substance to their style.

The squad is looking more and more like a typical Conte team with each passing week.

Romero is leading the charge at the back with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur shielding in front. And with Harry Kane, Son and Kulusevski up front, Spurs can puncture any defence on their day.

Whether they can ultimately overhaul the likes of Liverpool or Man City remains in doubt. However, few would be surprised to see Conte establish Tottenham as a regular inside the top four. That’s assuming the Italian gets a contract extension, of course.

Regular Champions League football would aid their ability to sign further world class stars in the market, both from a financial and attractiveness to suitors standpoint.

While winning the league may be a step too far, ending their 15-year trophy drought shouldn’t and won’t be out of the question under Conte.