Tottenham have signed their own Bebe and Martin Demichelis for Nuno Espirito Santo

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Nuno Espirito Santo has strengthened his squad massively this transfer window with five big-money signings, but for some of those incomings, Tottenham was not the only club they moved to over the summer.

Cristian Romero, Pierluigi Gollini, Bryan Gil, Emerson Royal and Pape Sarr all signed for the Lilywhites this summer, as Spurs spent a total of £60million with the potential for more – should they exercise the options to buy Romero and Gollini outright.

With a disappointing seventh-placed finish last season, Nuno will look to guide his side into the top four and a first place in the Champions League slots since 2018/19.

The signings of Emerson and Romero especially will be key in Spurs’ battle for the continental qualification.

However, their summers have been slightly more complicated than the deal seems on the face of it – after Spurs became the duo’s third club of the summer transfer window.

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Emerson spent last season at Real Betis, having joined from Barcelona fully in July 2019 – with the pair sharing his rights upon completion of his transfer from Atletico Mineiro in January 2019.

However, Barcelona exercised the right to bring him back in early June 2021 before shipping him out to Spurs on Tuesday.

And Romero has undergone a similar career path in his move from Atalanta.

The Argentine, 23, joined the Nerazzurri on a loan to buy option from Juventus in September 2020.

Returning to Juventus this summer, he went back to Atalanta after the Bergamo-based side activated their clause.

Yet, less than 24 hours after they did so, Romero was on his way to north London to sign for Nuno’s Spurs.

It would be a similar deal to many former Premier League players – including the infamous Bebe and Manchester City’s ex-defender Martin Demichelis.


Bebe joined United for £7.5m in what can possibly be regarded as Alex Ferguson’s worst-ever transfer – despite moving to United after just three weeks at Vitoria de Guimaraes.

Demichelis also underwent a similar fate in his move to Man City. After leaving Malaga for Atletico Madrid on a free transfer, it was thought he would become a key part of the Colchoneros defence.

However, it was a short-lived stay in the Spanish capital for the defender as he moved to City just two months later.

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