Tottenham are in ‘advanced’ talks over the exit of Spanish winger Bryan Gil to a European team, according to reports.
Gil joined Tottenham in summer 2021 when they paid Sevilla £21.6million for him, with Erik Lamela going in the opposite direction. Gil only made nine short appearances in the Premier League last season before being loaned out to Valencia in January.
The wide attacker impressed Valencia coaches and fans with his exciting performances during the second half of last term. This led to rumours of a permanent move to the Mestalla Stadium.
However, Tottenham didn’t want to sell Gil at that point and so he came back to England in the summer.
Gil was hoping to make a bigger impact in north London this time around. But after just six outings, and only one of those coming in the Prem, his future at Spurs is once again up for debate.
While the 21-year-old’s talent is obvious, he doesn’t seem to have the physicality or mentality to become a regular under Antonio Conte. As such, it is probably best if he departs Spurs this winter.
And following his good displays in Spain last season, there are several La Liga teams interested in capturing him.
Earlier this month, Spanish source Estadio Deportivo claimed Sevilla are looking to re-sign Gil, 18 months after originally letting him leave.
Spurs deep in talks over Bryan Gil exit
But now Sevilla will face competition from a Spanish rival for his signature. According to Diario de Cadiz, Mallorca are in ‘advanced negotiations’ with Spurs director Fabio Paratici about the four-time Spain international.
Mallorca view the prospective signing as a real signal of intent to their fellow La Liga clubs, and they want to get it over the line in early January. However, the report fails to mention whether Gil’s move would be a loan or permanent.
Whether Spurs end up selling Gil now or at a later date, they will have to take a financial hit on him. He arrived at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as a promising young player with bags of potential.
But his progress has stalled while in England and this has seen his valuation fall. transfermarkt rate him at just €12m (£10.4m) now.
Winger simply not strong enough to shine for Spurs
Once Gil beefs up a bit and becomes more physical, he will probably be able to return to England and make a big impact. He certainly has the technical attributes to cause Prem defenders problems.
Right now, though, he cannot meet Conte’s demands in terms of battling for the ball or getting back to help out the defence. As such, it is best that a parting of ways takes place.
Gil isn’t the only player who will likely leave Spurs in 2023. Fellow flop Tanguy Ndombele is currently on loan at Napoli.
And according to recent reports, the midfielder has done enough to earn a permanent transfer to the Italian side. They are considering triggering his €30m (£25.75m) buy-out clause.
In contrast, fellow midfielder Harry Winks may end up returning to Spurs. He joined Sampdoria on loan in late August but is yet to actually make his debut for them due to injury.
As such, Sampdoria want to start talks with Spurs about Winks’ future in January. And one option they hope to discuss is terminating the loan disaster.