Erik Lamela linked with un-Levy-like Tottenham exit; Twitter reacts

Erik Lamela

Erik Lamela has been linked with a surprise exit from Tottenham.

Erik Lamela has been linked with a Tottenham exit - on the day he joined back up with the club for pre-season in the USA.

Portuguese newspaper Record claim Lamela is 'close' to joining Porto, but the specifics of the deal hold little benefit for Spurs.

It is claimed the deal would be a loan move, with Porto having an option to buy of 7.5m Euros - which works out at just £5.3 million.

Un-Levy-like

Considering Spurs paid more than five times this amount, it is hard to see the club agreeing to such a deal.

Lamela remains their record signing, and despite an injury ravaged first season, he showed real signs of improvement last season.

  TeamSeasonAssistsKey PassesAppearances
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool 2014-2015 5 59 35
Erik Lamela Tottenham 2014-2015 7 60 33

He provided more assists and played more key passes than Liverpool's Coutinho, in two fewer games - yet the Brazilian was voted into the PFA Team of the Season.

Spurs owe it to themselves to give Lamela at least a third season, to see if the Argentine can take it up a notch.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is an astute negotiator when it comes to selling players, managing to get £20 million plus combined for Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli.

It's highly unlikely to see him sanction a deal which would see Spurs gain to little, both from a sporting and financial sense - and to this end fans should not worry too much about the claims.

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