How are Tottenham Hotspur and new defensive signing Cristian Romero involved in the summer’s biggest story, Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona?
The news ending all news in the football world has broken, with Leo Messi and Barcelona parting ways. What makes this all the more interesting for Tottenham fans is an associated rumor that Tottenham and Cristian Romero were part of the cause.
What is the rub with Tottenham, Romero, and Messi?
It is no secret that this summer was a crucial one for Messi internationally, as Argentina finally won a major tournament, Copa America, with Messi leading the charge. Of course for Spurs Giovani Lo Celso’s involvement was enough to get one interested. And if you watched any of the matches you could not help but notice Cristian Romero in the defense.
Romero, who has been a transfer target for Tottenham for about three weeks now, is reportedly on his way to London to finish his move and sign a five-year contract. That contract will presumably have a buy-out.
Well, Tottenham was not the only one to notice Romero’s performance as it is reported Messi has been the one pushing Barcelona to sign the young Argentine. Fortunately, for the Lilywhites Romero had his heart set on coming to London and joining the Spurs in a major summer move.
It has been reported that the Catalonia club’s inability to beat Spurs to Romero was the straw that broke the camel’s back, causing Messi to spurn Barca. Of course, if we believe that it was missing out on Romero that caused Messi to pass, then we might even believe that Leo is coming to N17.
Barcelona, not Tottenham scuppered Messi’s contract
The reality is that Barcelona is in major financial trouble. While Tottenham has a similar debt load the type of debt – long-term vs short-term – and the reasoning for it – a stadium versus players – has left the Spurs in a position to sign players like Romero and Barcelona in a position to potentially implode.
Maybe knowing his club missed out on someone like Romero made the situation more palatable for Messi. Likely, however, the millions he is going to get from PSG will help make this all turn out okay for one of, if not the greatest of all time. Regardless, just super excited Romero is coming to Tottenham.