Tottenham Hotspur have announced the permanent signing of centre-back Christian Romero from Atalanta.
Romero, 24, joined Tottenham on loan last season and has now agreed a deal to stay at the north London club until 2027.
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Sources told ESPN that the Romero deal will be worth 55 million euros ($65 million).
The Argentina international made 30 appearances last season as he helped Tottenham qualify for the Champions League by finishing fourth.
Romero was also a key part of the Argentine team that won the Copa America last year and played 11 caps for his country.
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Meanwhile, Spurs manager Antonio Conte said his team needed “at least two windows” to move in to contend for the Premier League title.
Conte’s team made a strong start to the season with three wins and a draw against Chelsea after a summer in which he signed Richarlison, Yves Bisuma, Jed Spence and Ivan Perisic, as well as brought in Clement Lenglet on loan from Barcelona.
“If you compare last season, we are more complete,” Conte told reporters on Monday.
“But to get to other teams at the top level, we need time, patience and transfer markets, at least two transfer markets to reach the same level.”
Conte said he had spoken with the club’s board of directors about signing more players before the transfer window closed on Thursday but added: “If we do something or not, it’s okay.”
Tottenham meet West Ham United on Wednesday, three days after their 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest, and Conte said players should expect to be substituted given the difficult schedule.
“Now when you have to go and play one match every three days, it’s normal to take turns, the players [have] To be smart to understand that sometimes they have to sit on the bench, come in, take turns,” Conte said.
“With the new players, we started working with them in just a month and a half. I think in the end my choices were good because we had four good results in the first four matches.
“And this is the period the club can understand if we are really complete in the team or maybe we can do better.”
Information from Reuters contributed to this report.