Argentinian starlet nearing move to England.
Tottenham are closing in on an agreement with Roma over the transfer of Erik Lamela, with reports suggesting a fee of €30m plus €5m in bonuses.
The 21-year-old has been linked with a switch to White Hart Lane over the past fortnight, as current Tottenham star Gareth Bale edges closer to a move to Real Madrid.
Despite selling Pablo Osvaldo and Marquinhos already this summer, it is understood that Roma must sell Lamela in order to balance the books, as they look to offer Francesco Totti a new deal along with Daniele De Rossi remaining at the club.
According to Sky Sport Italia, there is a potential agreement over the transfer fee with an initial €30m plus €5m in bonuses thereafter.
Spurs would be offering Lamela a five-year contract and as reported by Football Italia, the deal could be announced by Monday or Tuesday.
It is significantly less than the original asking price from Roma, and it will come as an even bigger disappointment to supporters who are opposed to the sale taking place.
While Osvaldo was a largely unpopular individual at the club, Lamela was seen as the brightest prospect in the Giallorossi squad.
It will undoubtedly come as a huge blow for the club should he confirm his departure, with new coach Rudi Garcia looking to restore confidence in the squad in his first season in charge.
The Roma faithful gave the players a mixed reception during the squad presentation event earlier this week, with boos and jeers ringing out of the Curva Sud in the Stadio Olimpico, and Lamela’s exit will do little to ease the tension.