Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Roma’s Argentine forward Erik Lamela.
Roma confirmed the deal in an official statement this evening. Roma will receive €30m plus add-ons for Lamela, who will sign a five-year contract with the north London club. Lamela becomes the latest in a string of high profile departures at the Roman club this summer, after the sales of Pablo Osvaldo, Marquinhos and Maarten Stekelenburg, amongst others.
Lamela (21) is a highly-rated wide forward who was being tracked by virtually the entire European football elite. Last season he was Roma’s second highest scorer, with 15 goals in 33 Serie A appearances, whilst also providing 5 assists.
The Argentine – who also holds a Spanish passport – is known for his excellent first touch, ferocious long range efforts and great acceleration with the ball at his feet. Although left footed, his ability to play on either flank will provide added versatility amongst Spurs’ current forward options.
He began his career at River Plate, progressing through their youth system before making his senior debut in 2009. He made a regular starting place his own at Los Millonarios, but was sold in August 2011 following their shock relegation from the Argentine Primera División, joining Roma in a deal worth around €17m.
Lamela made an immediate impression in Rome, winning plaudits for his direct dribbling and pace, whilst scoring 6 goals in his first season. He continued to make outstanding progress in his second term at the club, scoring freely and helping his side to the Coppa Italia final.
Lamela has represented his country at full international level on three occasions, whilst also featuring in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.