Atalanta ready to sell Cristian Romero to Manchester United for €45m
The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Atalanta where he impressed for the Serie A giants. The loan agreement for Romero has an obligation for them to make the deal permanent for around £21.5m. Thankfully, for United, the Italians are ready to flip him again.
A number of clubs including Barcelona are interested in the Argentine star. As things stand United appear to be leading the chase to land him this summer.
The sale worth €45m will make him Atalanta’s club record sale. The report goes on to add that the Italians will be hard-pressed to reject United’s offer.
The Serie A side have a good relationship with United after selling Amad Diallo to us last summer. The youngster joined Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s side in January and has since impressed.
The report goes on to add that Atalanta have signed the player permanently and will now call the shots regarding his future. Romero represents a cheaper option than the likes of Jules Kounde and Raphael Varane, who are both on United’s radar.
Capable of also playing at right-back, Romero is versatile enough to do a job for the Red Devils at the back. At 23, he is still about to enter his prime and could very well develop into a better player at Old Trafford.
The 23-year-old has been capped by Argentina at the youth levels. He has represented his country at both the Under-20 and Under-23 levels but is yet to win a senior cap.
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Harry Maguire is the club’s lone automatic choice at centre-back. While we do have numbers in Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe, neither of them have been able to impress on a consistent basis. Whether Romero will be the man to do that remains to be seen.