Tottenham Hotspur should take a £5m hit on Erik Lamela and sell him

Erik Lamela

If Juventus make an offer of £25 million for Erik Lamela, then Tottenham Hotspur should sell him.

According to The Daily Mail, Juventus are interested in signing Erik Lamela from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window.

It has been reported that the Italian champions are considering making a bid of £25 million for the Argentina international winger.

The reported offer is just £5m short of what Spurs paid for Lamela when they signed him from Serie A outfit AS Roma in the summer of 2013.

The Daily Mail reported at the time that the deal was worth an initial £25.8m, with a potential £4.3m in add-ons.

Juventus are now claimed to be willing to make a bid of almost what Spurs paid for a player who has been disappointing in the past two years.

The decision is very easy. Sell him.

Having followed him during his time at Roma, yours truly can say without any doubt that Lamela is a genuinely talented player who can work wonders on his day.

However, the problem is that in his two years in the Premier League, the former River Plate youngster has failed to progress and develop his game.

True, last season Lamela struggled with injuries, but this campaign he has failed to step up and raise his game.

The 23-year-old attacker has shown some good improvement in form in recent weeks, but based on his performance over the course of the season he does not merit a transfer fee of £25m.

That is exactly what Juventus are reportedly willing to pay. Spurs should accept the offer and sell Lamela, and then invest that money.

Lamela is a frustratingly inconsistent figure who has scored two goals and created 57 chances in 32 Premier League appearances this campaign.

The Argentine has a pass accuracy of 83% and a shot accuracy of 50%, and he has won six headers, 54 dribbles and 64 tackles.

The stats are not abysmal, but for someone who cost £30m they are not great either.

If Lamela struggles next season, then it is doubtful any club will be willing to pay as much as £25m for him.

Tottenham will then have to sell him at a much cheaper price; now they can get rid of him by taking just a £5m hit.

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