AS Roma shocked the footballing world on Tuesday when they announced the arrival of Jose Mourinho, only a fortnight after Tottenham sacked him – and if he is to sign one Spurs player this summer, it has to be Erik Lamela.
Mourinho, 58, will take charge of his tenth side in the form of Roma at the start of next season – with the Italian side currently sitting in seventh place in Serie A. His announcement came hours after the sacking of Paulo Fonseca.
It came out of nowhere that Mourinho would manage Roma and with the Italians struggling to qualify for Europe, the Portuguese gaffer will have a lot of work to do in the upcoming summer window. He might even look at Spurs.
While the North London club also need recruitment, they have a bloated squad and Daniel Levy is likely to ship a few players out before considering some arrivals. Lamela, 29, is likely to be high on that list of departures this summer.
The Argentine is out of contract in 2022 and has been little more than a bit-part player. However, he was given plenty of chances under Mourinho during the 2020-21 season – playing 32 times, and even starting 13 of those.
He is expected to leave though and a return to Italy is on the cards. Corriere Dello Sport recently claimed that he was ‘very close’ to returning to Italy – with Napoli, AC Milan and Mourinho’s Roma all courting the Argentina ace.
So, with Mourinho now at the helm at Roma – a club where Lamela played 67 times before switching to Tottenham in 2013 – surely, if the Special One is to sign any Spurs player at Roma this summer, it is going to be Lamela.