The representatives of Roma forward Erik Lamela will speak with Tottenham today regarding a possible move to White Hart Lane and the English Premier League.
The 21-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best young players in Serie A, and would be seen as a real statement of ambition from Spurs, as he is likely to cost over £30million. The London club are apparently ready to match the Italian side’s asking price to secure the Argentine international’s signature.
The Argentine scored 15 goals and provided 6 assists for Roma last season, and has also attracted interest from Chelsea at points this summer, however, he now looks increasingly likely to becoming Andre Villas-Boas’ latest summer signing.
The Portuguese coach has already spent big this summer on the likes of Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue, in a bid to persuade want-away star Gareth Bale to reject a move to Real Madrid and remain in north London.
Jose Lamela, the youngster’s father, and agent Pablo Sebbag are expected to meet former Roma director general Franco Baldini who now works for Spurs. Tottenham, report the Corriere dello Sport, are prepared to offer the 21-year-old a four-year deal worth €4m a campaign.
This transfer could well signal the end of Gareth Bale’s time at Tottenham. Lamela could be lined up as a replacement for the Welshman, should Madrid make a final approach for the 2012/13 PFA Player of the Year.
The former River Plate winger has attracted scouts from all of Europe’s elite clubs, following his form last season. Tottenham’s concern has been whether the asking price is too high for a player that is still developing.
However, Roma need to sell and could be willing to take less up front in a deal structured with add-ons to meet their desired valuation.
Spurs are juggling a list of targets while Real Madrid continue to offer various combinations for Gareth Bale but Lamela has been on their list for a year and they recognise not only his talent but potential sell-on value.
In my opinion, Lamela would be a fantastic coup for Spurs. If AVB can finalize the transfer of the Argentine and Anzhi’s Willian before the window closes, it’s fair to say, Tottenham will have had a very successful few months.