Major development on the cards to tie down Tottenham contract rebel - report
By Richard Parks
Tottenham are preparing a move to extend Erik Lamela’s contract by a further 12 months but could still sell him in the summer, according to a report.
ESPN FC claim that the north Londoners are weighing up the possibility of activating an option in the Argentina international’s current agreement to tie him down until the summer of 2020.
Lamela’s current £65,000-a-week deal, which was agreed when he joined from Roma in August 2013 for a then-club record £30million, is due to expire in 2019 but Tottenham inserted a clause allowing them to extend it by another year.
ESPN FC report that Spurs are considering whether to trigger the option as it would protect the value of the player, who is one of only two senior first teamers along with Toby Alderweireld not to have signed a long-term contract since the start of last season.
It would alleviate doubts about Lamela’s future amid interest from other clubs in the Premier League and in Italy.
Lamela returned in October after a year on the sidelines in which he underwent double hip surgery and has gradually been re-integrated back into Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The Argentine was given the nod to start in Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League thriller against Juventus ahead of regular scorer Son Heung-Min and £26million January signing Lucas Moura.
It was a move that paid dividends as Lamela’s energy and touch play helped Spurs gain a foothold in the game after they went two goals down early on.
Intriguingly, ESPN FC report that Tottenham could consider “substantial” bids for Lamela in the summer but will instantly dismiss any cheeky or “derisory” offers.