Cristian Romero Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Spurs
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As per a report in ESPN Argentina, European champions Real Madrid have shown an interest in signing Tottenham defender Cristian Romero.

Carlo Ancelotti is on the hunt for defensive reinforcements this summer and Romero seems to be the latest central defender who has been linked with the Los Blancos.

Cristian Romero joined Spurs from Atalanta initially on a loan deal and then the North London side went on to make this move permanent in the summer of 2022 for a fee of around €52 million. And in the three years he’s been with the club, the Argentine has featured in almost 98 games for the Lilywhites.

Is it worth it for Madrid to look into a player like Cristian Romero?

Cristian Romero has been labelled as somewhat of a hot-head who occasionally dives into rash challenges and picks up unnecessary bookings but under Ange, the 26-year-old has been really good and level-headed.

Last season, he featured in 33 Premier League games for Spurs and picked up only seven yellow cards.

He won almost 70% of his duels while making 44 interceptions and 189 recoveries. The World Cup winner was dribbled past just 12 times in 2792 league minutes and he has all the attributes to shine at the Bernabeu.

However, with three years remaining on his contract, Cristian Romero isn’t going to come cheap which is why Real Madrid are said to be prioritising the likes of Leny Yoro and Benfica’s Antonio Silva ahead of the Argentina international.

Antonio Rudiger has been linked with an exit and even though it’s highly unlikely but if Rudiger leaves only then will Florentino Perez think of signing two new centre-backs in the summer.

Will Spurs be ready to sell the 26y/o if Madrid put in a huge offer?

Tottenham fully understand what an interest from a team like Real Madrid means which is why they have very promptly come out to make it clear that Cristian Romero is not up for sale.

He along with Micky van de Ven are the preferred centre-back pairing for Spurs at the moment and Ange Postecoglou has no plans to cash in on him. Tottenham are not particularly in need of funds so it’s safe to say that the club will refuse any formal offers from Real Madrid.

Romero will obviously wish to play at a club like Madrid but in the past one or two years, Daniel Levy’s stance has changed a bit as he is now ready to back his manager’s long-term plans even if that means losing out on some transfer fees.