The Argentine attacker will finally join Tottenham for a fee of £26m, plus five in conditional bonuses, to surely seal Gareth Bale’s exit route to Real Madrid.
AS Roma have officially announced via a statement on the club’s website that Erik Lamela has joined Tottenham Hotspur.
Roma will receive a €30m (£26m) fee for the 21-year-old forward, plus an additional €5m (£4.25) in variable incremental bonuses should the player meet certain goals.
The move had been speculated upon for weeks, the most convincing sign of his departure yet arriving today as Roma newcomer Adem Ljajic was handed the number 8 shirt – the number held by Lamela.
This move should go some way to end the heartbreak suffered by Spurs fans at the news of Willian’s move to Chelsea. The player merely had to sign on the dotted line for the North London club, but decided to pull a last-minute u-turn and move to Chelsea instead.
With those two highly-anticipated transfers now concluded, there is of course but one high-profile saga yet to be concluded – the transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
Bale was allegedly up in arms on Tuesday as Spurs further delayed his move to Madrid, and even failed to attend training on Wednesday morning in protest.
Spurs were believed to have postponed the deal as they were yet to bring in a sufficient replacement for the Welshman. Now that left-sided forward Lamela has arrived, he should set in motion the final stages of Bale’s protracted move.