Atalanta CEO Luca Percassi confirms Pierluigi Gollini is close to joining Tottenham, while offers for Cristian Romero ‘must match the player’s value.’
La Dea and Tottenham are in talks for both the goalkeeper and centre defender, but Gollini seems much closer to moving to North London than his teammate.
“There are many options that we are evaluating. Gollini is an important player for us, but there is nothing decided yet. Tottenham are a concrete option,” Percassi said after the unveiling of Atalanta’s kits for 2021-22.
“Romero is one of the best defenders in Serie A and it’s normal that many clubs are interested in signing him. Atalanta allowed him to develop and play Champions League football,” Percassi continued.
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“Let’s see what happens, if we are to sell players, we must do it in a smart way and offers must match the players’ value.”
According to the latest reports, Romero is one of Tottenham’s targets, but the two clubs haven’t reached an agreement over the player’s price tag. For this reason, talks between the two clubs are ongoing.
Romero joined Atalanta in 2020 from Juventus on loan with an option to buy. He was named best defender of the 2020-21 Serie A campaign.
“I wish Fabio Paratici the best because he deserves so, we are trying to bring useful players to Atalanta,” the Atalanta director continued.
Paratici was named Tottenham’s managing director in June and had brought Romero to Juventus from Genoa before selling him to Atalanta to keep the Old Lady’s books balanced.
La Dea have also set their sights on Milan’s Tommaso Pobega, while Josip Ilicic has been put on the market.
“Ilicic has given a lot to Atalanta, we know what he can give, but we are ready to consider the offers that will arrive, Percassi confirmed.
“Atalanta’s goal is to gain Serie A survival, it’s not rhetoric. We know where we come from, we are a medium-small reality of Italian football, we are still in Serie A and for us, this is worth a Scudetto.”