Tottenham Hotspur have been linked this week with the signing of Roma’s 21 year old star Erik Lamela after representatives of the club and player met with Spurs technical director Franco Baldini in London and Rome this week.
Now the forward’s brother has given the strongest indication yet that a deal has been stuck when he was asked on Twitter which club his brother is likely to start next season at.
Replying to a friend Brian Lamela said, ‘more than likely’ his brother would be playing in England next year and when asked later on where he simply replied ‘tott…’
Roma fans have been angered by the club’s decision to sell the youngster who scored 15 goals in 35 appearances last year in his second season since signing from River Plate for around £12million.
The Argentine international has been tipped for greatness and was fondly thought of by Roma fans but the club’s decision to present him to fans last week was described as ‘a grand farce’ by his girlfriend.
The player and his representatives have maintained relations with Baldini since he left Roma for North London earlier this year and are aware that a bid of aroun £30 to £35million should be enough to guarantee a sale as Roma are in some financial difficulty at present.
Spurs meanwhile have been targeting Lamela and another imminent arrival Willian for the past four weeks as potential replacements for Gareth Bale who looks set to complete his move to Real Madrid in the coming days for a bid worth aroun £95million and may well include left back Fabio Coentrau as part of the package.
Baldini is presently in Madrid to finalise the deal and terms of the player’s contract should agreement be made with the defender.
Spurs beat off interest from Liverpool for Brazilian Willian as the player preferred to play under Andre Villas-Boas who has been a long term admirer of him and attempted to sign him while boss of Chelsea and then during last season with Spurs.
Willian is said to have completed his medical and the clubs have agreed terms, leaving Spurs officials and the player’s representatives to finalise the terms of his contract.