Erik Lamela ‘looking for redemption’ away from Tottenham Hotspur as Napoli eye Lorenzo Insigne replacement
According to Corriere dello Sport, Erik Lamela is ‘looking for redemption’ by securing a move away from Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the season with Napoli a potential destination.
The Serie A side view Lamela as one of their leading candidates to replace club icon Lorenzo Insigne, with the Italian so far yet to pen a new contract and extend his stay beyond 2022.
Napoli may be forced to cash in on their captain during the summer transfer window if a new deal is not agreed, and are evaluating all options for the future.
Lamela has been on the radar of the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium natives for a few weeks as it is expected that the Argentine will leave Tottenham, with the 29-year-old also out of contract next summer.
But the winger hopes to leave north London this summer as he is ‘looking for redemption’, having cut an outcast figure under Jose Mourinho and later Ryan Mason this season, starting only five of his 23 Premier League appearances.
Napoli are also assessing moves for Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul and Mattia Zaccagni of Hellas Verona, although a final decision on who to target will not be made until the future of head coach Gennaro Gattuso is settled or a replacement is appointed.
Lamela has certainly endured a frustrating season serving as mostly just a back-up option for Mourinho and more recently Mason, but the Argentine has not always delivered on the pitch with his only goal coming – albeit in magnificent fashion – in March against Arsenal.
The £25.9million (BBC) signing has also failed to provide a single assist in the league this term, and needed to improve on an underwhelming return of two goals and two assists from last season if he were to earn a new contract to extend his terms beyond next year.
Parting company this summer makes the most sense for both Lamela and Tottenham, then, as it allows Spurs to recoup some of the fee paid to Roma in 2013 and offers the 25-cap international the chance to redeem himself elsewhere that he seemingly craves.