Erik Lamela did have a decent season for Tottenham last season as he somewhat resurrected his career at the London club after a tough start to his career at the Premier League club. Even with that being said, the Argentine did not start as many games as he would have wanted for Mauricio Pochettino and the manager could be looking for more from his country man next season as Tottenham looking to do much better in the league campaign.
Lamela was the club’s most expensive player at the time when he was signed for around 25 million pounds and it seems that there is one club trying to fight for his signature next season. Italy’s Inter Milan, under new ownership, seem to have a lot of spare cash on their hands and are willing to bid up to 30 million pounds to sign him up.
They even reportedly sent out Javier Zanetti, who is a legend at the club, to speak to Lamela and the Argentine could be tempted as he is still in the USA playing in the Copa America. The 24-year-old did show a lot of his creativity last season but should he be sold by Pochettino and Tottenham, especially if they get the right deal?
No go for Lamela
Unless Spurs get a crazy amount being paid for the Argentine, they should not be thinking of selling Lamela, especially at such a crucial point in their project under Pochettino. Spurs have had a habit of selling some of their best players, when they are about to hit their stride as with the cases of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and even Dimitar Berbatov.
While Lamela might not have started too many games last season, he certainly is one of the most exciting and creative players in the league and Tottenham would be needing him big time as they would be playing in the Champions League next season.
Another reason why Lamela should not leave is that he provides a lot of cover for his side and can play in a range of positions. Lamela also seems to be getting better as each season progresses and being only 24, a lot can be expected from him next season as he takes his game to another level under Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham should hold onto their prized asset as they would need a lot of quality in the coming years and losing him out to Inter Milan, who aren’t the best team in Italy and would only be playing Europa League football next term makes no real sense at the moment.
Unless a Barcelona comes calling and splashes 50 million pounds on Lamela, the Argentine should stay put and Spurs should not be thinking of selling him anytime soon.