Tottenham star decides to leave, but two players block path to ‘important’ club

Erik Lamela, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane Tottenham v Brighton November 2020

Tottenham attacker Erik Lamela has firmly decided to seek a transfer away this summer in search of a new challenge, a report claims.

The Argentine has become one of the longest-serving players in the current Spurs cohort, following his 2013 move. In the almost eight years since, he has racked up 254 appearances, with a serious injury in 2016 keeping that tally down. However, speculation has recently arisen over his future in north London.

Reports in June last year claimed that then-boss Jose Mourinho had made Lamela play for his future when the Premier League resumed after the first coronavirus lockdown.

Nevertheless, the exit links have continued, with recent claims suggesting that Napoli want the 29-year-old.

Lamela’s representatives have reportedly held talks with the Naples club and AC Milan to boot.

According to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Lamela and his partner feel committed to finding a new challenge for next season.

The reporter told Area Napoli: “The Argentine and his wife have the same desire: to return to Italy.

“Lamela, in all likelihood, at the end of the current football season, will leave Tottenham at end to try a new experience.

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“Naturally the player would be oriented to joining an important club.”

But while Napoli had looked on the cards, Pedulla added that two of the club’s players would make club president Aurelio De Laurentiis think twice about signing the Spurs man.

Lamela, Napoli transfer from Tottenham unlikely

Erik Lamela; Gareth Bale TEAMtalk

“Napoli, in that role, have players such as Matteo Politano and Hirving Lozano at their disposal,” he added.

“I don’t think the club wants to sell one of the two outsiders.

“That’s why, at the moment, it seems unlikely that Lamela will go to Naples.”

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This season, Lamela has made 32 appearances in all competitions, including 20 in the Premier League.

However, he has entertained largely a fringe presence in the team – he has yet to complete a 90-minute stint.

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