The 22-year-old joined Atalanta on a two-year loan deal at the start of this season. That deal involved a clause allowing La Dea to buy the Argentine outright for €16 million at the end of the two years.
It’s common for deals of this nature to include a buyback clause for the selling club. This is so that if Romero were to improve drastically at Atalanta, Juve could buy him back again at a previously agreed fee. Atalanta would be contractually obliged to accept that bid.
Crucially, in this case, Juventus have not inserted a buyback clause. The former Genoa player has not played a single game for the Bianconeri, but he has been a key part of Atalanta’s impressive displays since joining last summer.