Club president boasts Tottenham's owner is still reeling from 2013 transfer deal for Erik Lamela

Roma's president says Tottenham Hotspur still cannot believe the amount they paid for Erik Lamela.

Roma president James Palotta has told a press conference, as reported by, that the club are still smiling at the amount Tottenham Hotspur paid them for Erik Lamela.

Spurs signed the Argentine in 2013, reported by The Guardian to be £25.8 million.

Palotta claimed to have met Tottenham's owner at a recent party in Italy, and says the shockwaves of the deal are still being felt in North London, with Lamela yet to fulfil his potential despite an improved second season.

He said: "When we sell a player, we do so after thinking about it for a long time. The situation with Benatia was strange, with the money we got for Marquinhos we bought other players.

"Lamela was also a bargain. Last week I was at a birthday party in Sardinia with the owner of Tottenham who couldn't come to terms with the deal we had done."

Tottenham's owner is Joe Lewis; Palotta does not name him, instead referring to the 'proprietario'. With differing club structures in Italian football, there is still a possibility he is referring to chairman Daniel Levy; either way it suggests that Roma certainly feel they received the better value from that particular transaction, and Tottenham do not.

  SeasonPassing AccuracyCrossing AccuracySuccessful Final Third Passes per gameWon Tackles per gameGoalsAssistsAppearances
Erik Lamela 2014-2015 83% 29% 9.85 1.97 2 7 33
Erik Lamela 2013-2014 80% 15% 5.56 0.89 0 1 9

Lamela's improvement from season to season is clear to see, the fact he was able to stay fit for the majority of 2014/15 was a major step in the right direction.

The Argentine international clearly has talent, but it cannot be argued he has not yet looked like a £25.8 million player. The good news is time is on his side, and the opportunity remains to wipe the smirk off Roma's faces.

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