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Manchester United and Tottenham will have to hand over a huge sum if they are to tempt Atalanta to part ways with Cristian Romero this summer as both sides eye defensive reinforcement.
While the Red Devils are looking to go one better in the Premier League by winning the title this season, they missed out on Sergio Ramos with fans still hoping to see an agreement with Raphael Varane.
Because there are no guarantees over the future of the World Cup winning defender at Real Madrid, it appears as though they have turned their attention to an Argentinian.
The Red Devils are said to have joined Tottenham in being interested in Romero, 23, who made 42 appearances during the first of a two-season loan at Atalanta from Juventus.
Because that deal has an option to buy, Atalanta could find themselves in a position where they make profit from buying Romero and then letting him go in quick succession.
New Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo will also be opening to seeing some additions in north London, with Toby Alderweireld hinting that he wants to move on this summer.
In what might well be bad news for United and Spurs, Italian outlet Calciomercato have detailed that the requested fee has risen to €60million, which works out at around £52m.
United skipper Harry Maguire has played alongside each of Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe during his time at the club, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might want him to have a new partner.
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"We are second best, but too far behind to threaten those who won. Then we have to strengthen ourselves," Solskjaer told Norwegian outlet TV2 in June.
"Of course, something will happen in the transition window. The world has become very different than 15-16 months ago, but we have to make some moves on the transfer window, but also with the team.
"It is never possible to sit back. You are constantly looking for reinforcements. Football is dynamic, so unexpected things can happen such as injuries, illness, something familiar or that someone wants to move."
With Santo saying during his first interview with Spurs: “Having a squad like Tottenham’s, you can only have one DNA, you can only think one way. We have to enjoy the game, we have to play the game. When you have a squad of quality, talented players like we have, the DNA is to make the fans proud, make them enjoy watching.
“This is our DNA, to make our fans proud of us. There is no question about it that that will happen. We’re going to make them proud and they’re going to enjoy the team, for sure.
“Our philosophy is not only about me, it’s about staff, the coaching staff – it’s simple, we improve players, we try to make them better, to improve them every day and by that, it’s no matter which age the player is – young, old, experienced, no experience at all – it doesn’t matter.
“In our minds, we put the players in the middle and we see what we can do to make them better. How can we improve them? How can we find a better solution for them to make their job easier? How can we make them perform better? If we achieve that, our team will improve, our Club will improve and this is our philosophy.”
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