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Erik Lamela heading for Tottenham exit

Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela looks on course to leave the club this summer.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a claim made by Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari, who revealed in a post on Twitter (via Sport Witness) that Fiorentina are ready to “pounce” over a move for the 29-year-old in the summer transfer window.

It has been reported that both the Argentina international and Spurs themselves have agreed that it would be best for the forward to move onto pastures new this summer, with the Serie A club appearing to be the most likely destination.

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Fans might be pleased

Having not performed at a level anywhere near his best over the past few seasons in north London, reports that Lamela’s time at the club appears to be nearing an end could come as a relief to fans of Tottenham.

Indeed, over his 23 Premier League appearances last season, the £14.4m-rated man scored one goal, registered no assists and created two big chances for his teammates, along with averaging a mere 12.2 completed passes per game.

The winger, who was deployed in midfield 12 times in 2020/21, also averaged just 0.3 interceptions and 0.7 tackles and won 2.5 duels per league fixture.

These returns saw the man Jose Mourinho dubbed a “fantastic” player earn a disappointing seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.65, ranking him as the club’s third-worst performer in the top flight.

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This has been a common theme for Lamela in recent years, earning an average SofaScore match rating of 6.79 in 2019/20, 6.89 in 2018/19 and 6.79 in 2017/18.

As such, if the £80,000-per-week man does go on to seal a move away from the club this summer, it would be hard to argue against his sale being a fantastic piece of business for Spurs. It would not only clear out some of the deadwood at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, it would also free up a considerable chunk of the wage budget for Nuno in the summer transfer window.

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