The Bergamo team will pay Juventus € 16 million to secure the player’s rights so he can move to the Premier League
Atalanta have activated their option to buy Juventus’ Cristian Romero to eliminate the defender to join Tottenham, while Merih Demiral has joined him on the Bergamo loan.
Atalanta signed the central defender at the Bianconeri last season and added an option to sign him permanently to the deal.
The impressive performances of Argentina in Serie A caught the attention of the Spurs, who reportedly agreed to sign him a deal worth about € 50 million (£ 42 million / $ 59 million).
What was said?
But before Atalanta could sell him to the Premier League team, they had to pay Juve € 16 million (£ 14 million) to secure the player’s rights.
A statement published by Juve confirmed that Atalanta “exercised the option rights for the final acquisition of the registration rights of the player Cristian Romero for an amount of € 16 million, to be paid in three financial years.”
What about Demiral?
Gian Piero Gasperini’s team has the option to buy him live at the end of the campaign.
Purpose reported this week the call option is around € 30 million (£ 25 million / $ 35 million), while Juve will receive a percentage of any future sales.
How did Romero and Demiral fare in Serie A?
Romero (23) arrived in Serie A in 2018 when he joined Genoa from the Argentine team Belgrano.
Juventus signed him the following year, but loaned him back to Genoa the following season and then to Atalanta.
He made 42 appearances in all competitions for Atalanta when they finished third in Serie A and reached the final of Coppa Italia, which they lost to Juventus.
Romero made three appearances when Argentina won the Copa America and beat Brazil in the final.
Demiral, meanwhile, arrived in Italy in January 2019 when he joined Sassuolo and was sold to Juve the following summer.
Injuries have shortened his playing time as he has appeared only 32 times for Juve over the course of two seasons.