Tottenham Hotspur’s summer transfer window has been relatively quiet so far, with Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen the only players arriving and no players leaving the club to date. It is clear that Mauricio Pochettino is keen to keep his squad together for the upcoming season with the hope of improving on last season’s third place finish.
One key part of the squad that performed so well last season was Erik Lamela, the Argentine winger who came into his own on the right hand side of midfield after a tricky start to his Tottenham career. Lamela had been linked with a move back to Italy, but the winger is adamant he wishes to stay at White Hart Lane for the upcoming season.
After ten goals and nine assists last season, Lamela proved to be a big part of Tottenham’s title push, and the news that he is not going anywhere will be a big boost to Spurs fans. Still just 23 and still improving, the Argentine has outrageous talent which is starting to be matched by a strong work ethic instilled by Marucio Pochettino. He’ll be an important part of Spurs’ upcoming season and the news he is staying at the club is very positive indeed.
Lamela’s commitment to Tottenham is a big boost, but question marks have started to hang over the future of Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen. One of Spurs’ finest talents, Eriksen earns a surprisingly low salary of around £30,000 per week, and wishes to join the biggest earners at the club on around £80,000 over the same period, rejecting Tottenham’s offer of a contract extension.
Eriksen is believed to be keen to remain at White Hart Lane, but the prospect of transfer talks breaking down and the Dane leaving will be very worrying for the club. His ability on dead ball situations and accuracy on the counter attack make him a huge part of the Spurs team, and the club will be very keen to sort out the contract scenario and tie their star midfielder down for another few years.
Whilst Spurs are desperate to keep the aforementioned wingers Eriksen and Lamela, they could be about to let another one go, with Nacer Chadli still interesting Swansea City. Despite making 41 appearances last season, Chadli hasn’t started a game for Spurs since March 17th, a Europa League game against Borussia Dortmund, and his time at the club looks as if it could be up.
Still a dangerous player from the bench, Spurs will want decent money for Chadli, and can probably afford to let him go, especially with the emergence of Josh Onomah. Swansea, though, need a player with a proven Premier League goalscoring ability having lost all strikers in their squad, and the Belgian would provide them with that. If Spurs can get £10 million from Swansea, the move would be a pretty good one for all parties.
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