Fabrizio Romano has told the Last Word On Spurs podcast that Erik Lamela would love to return to Italy, but will likely leave Tottenham Hotspur next summer.
Lamela has endured a mixed time in North London. He initially struggled to live up to expectations following his £25.8 million move to Spurs (fee reported by the Guardian).
However, he appeared to put that difficult start behind him and become more influential. But this season, injury has proved to be a problem for the 28-year-old.
He has only made two Premier League starts with a further five appearances coming from the bench. And it appears that he would be open to moving on in the near future.
Romano was asked about whether the winger could be leaving anytime soon. And while he seemed to suggest that he is likely to go in 2022 – when his contract expires (via club’s official website) – he did claim that Lamela would welcome the chance to head back to Serie A sooner.
“Difficult, difficult,” he told Last Word On Spurs, when asked whether Lamela was on his way out anytime soon. “I am told that he would love to come back to Italy where he was with Roma. But at the moment, there is no Italian club looking for a winger, so I think next summer he will leave Tottenham.”
Spurs may welcome the chance to offload him sooner. This summer may represent the last opportunity to receive a significant fee for Lamela – who earns £80,000-a-week, according to Spotrac.
If he remains at Tottenham this time next year, he will be able to discuss a pre-contract deal with foreign clubs.
It must also be noted that it may not be entirely clear which summer Romano is referring to. Given his contract situation, it would appear that he is talking about next year. But perhaps, it cannot be ruled out that he is talking about the next summer window, which is obviously later this year.