Argentina defender Cristian Romero is attracting interest from Manchester United and Tottenham, with Atalanta slapping a £52million asking price on the defender.

Atalanta want to make Romero’s loan from Juventus permanent a year early for the agreed £13.75m fee, to then sell him on for a large profit, according to Calciomercato.

The 23-year-old made 31 appearances in Serie A last season, receiving ten yellow cards for his troubles.

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Romero is currently at the Copa America with Argentina as his nation prepare to face Brazil in the final.

The report has suggested that Barcelona, United and Spurs are the teams interested in the Argentine, but also states that Atalanta are open to keeping Romero.

Liverpool were also linked to the centre-back, but it is unlikely that the Reds will make a move for him this summer.

Spurs are in the market for a new defender and have recently had a £15.5m bid rejected for Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu.

New managing director of football Fabio Paratici opened discussions with the club over a move earlier this week, but will now have to plot an increased offer for the 22-year-old.

According to Sky Sports, Tottenham put forward an initial £12.9m plus £2.6m in add-ons but saw it knocked back.

Bologna are holding out for a fee of at least £17.2m, with talks ongoing between the two parties.

Tomiyasu is comfortable at centre-back or right-back and is seen as an ideal player to improve the first team.

He made 31 Serie A appearances for Bologna last term, helping them to finish 12th in the table.

Tomiyasu has international experience, too. He’s already been capped 23 times by Japan and looks certain to be a reliable name in their team for years to come.

His relatively low price tag makes him a more achievable target when compared with other big names.

Tomiyasu could replace Serge Aurier next season. The full-back is aiming to secure a Paris Saint-Germain return.

When asked about the prospect of playing in France, Aurier said in May: “I have never hidden my desire to come back to PSG one day.

“This is my heart club, the one I support, I feel free to talk about it. But I don’t want people to think I’m kicking my foot out and closing the door on anyone. But if the club make a proposal this summer, PSG will be one of my top picks, for sure.”

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