Tottenham winger Bryan Gil looks set to leave the club on loan again this summer, with the club unlikely to accept a permanent offer unless big money is involved.
The attacker spent last season back in his homeland on loan with Valencia and earned special plaudits from the Spanish media, who described him as an ‘outstanding footballer’.
His performances in LaLiga helped but Gil back in the shop window. However, Tottenham are not said to be looking for a permanent sale at this time.
Football.London claims that Gil’s length of contract, he still has four years remaining, means only a huge offer for his services will suffice.
The report adds that the former Sevilla man is doing all he can to impress Antonio Conte in pre-season.
Indeed, he was leading the way as Conte forced his men to run 42 lengths of the pitch in training earlier this week.
His supreme fitness saw him handed a start in the 6-3 friendly win over Team K-League in South Korea.
However, if he cannot change Conte’s mind then a loan still seems on the cards for the winger.
The feeling last season was that Gil was not strong enough to cope with the demands of English football.
Spain star showed flashes last season
He made nine Premier League appearances in the first half of last season. However, Gil failed to register a goal or an assist and was eventually packed off to Valencia.
Things went better in his homeland though, with the attacker managing to set up one goal. However, his performances were better than his stats, as referenced by the Spanish media reports.
Italian side Sampdoria are known to have shown an interest in the player. Indeed, sporting director Fabio Paratici is said to have already held talks over a potential move.
Marseille are another potential suitor and the fact they can offer Champions League football could be a deal-breaker.
Giving Gil the opportunity to play in Europe also makes sense for Spurs, if they still view Spaniard as a long-term project in north London.
Gil deserves chance to shine
In small sample sizes last season, Bryan Gil did actually show why Tottenham paid £22.5m to secure his services.
However, that was early in the campaign and before Conte arrived to replace Nuno Espirito-Santo.
The Italian’s immediate impression was that Gil needed to bulk up to play in England’s top flight.
And judging by pre-season training, the talented winger certainly looks stronger and fitter.
Whether that will be enough to convince Conte to give him a go remains to be seen. However, many Spurs fans would certainly like to see more of what the player has to offer.