Romero sparks Demiral and Locatelli chain reaction

by | Jul 24, 2021 09:15

Tottenham clinching Cristian Romero could spark a transfer merry-go-round, bringing Merih Demiral to Atalanta and Manuel Locatelli to Juventus.

Multiple sources are confident Spurs will get the deal done for Argentina international Romero, as they are already close to the €55-60m asking price.

According to today’s editions of La Gazzetta dello Sport and Tuttosport, this must be the first step in a domino effect that can run through Serie A this summer.

Atalanta need a replacement for Romero and their first port of call could be Juventus for Demiral, the Turkey international who is seeking more playing time after managing only 24 competitive appearances last season, most of them off the bench.

The 23-year-old was snapped up from Sassuolo in 2019 for €18m and so far the Bianconeri have resisted offers from the Premier League.

However, they could well be tempted to make the sale this time, as with the funds raised by Demiral’s move to Atalanta, the Old Lady could increase their bid for Sassuolo midfielder Locatelli.

The Neroverdi have so far rejected a two-season loan with option to buy for a total €30m, but Locatelli remains their primary target and the offer will be stepped up.

Although Arsenal are already prepared to pay €40m plus bonuses, the Italy international has his heart set on Juve.

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