Sevilla have confirmed the signing of Erik Lamela, who leaves Tottenham after eight years in north London.
Talks between the two clubs regarding a swap deal involving Lamela and young Spanish winger Bryan Gil have intensified in recent weeks. New Spurs director Fabio Paratici has been tasked with freshening up a squad that has grown stale in recent years, and Lamela is one of their first casualties this window.
Spurs are expected to part with €25m as well as Lamela to bring Gil in, and both his departure and Gil’s signing have now been confirmed.
A statement on Sevilla’s website reads: “Sevilla FC have come to an agreement for the signing of the Argentine winger, Erik Lamela. The player signs for three seasons and joins from Tottenham Hotspur where he spent the previous eight campaigns. Lamela has also played 25 games for Argentina, scoring three goals. He will wear the number 17.”
Tottenham added: “We are delighted to announce the signing of Bryan Gil from Sevilla, with Erik Lamela joining the Spanish club as part of the deal.
“A club man through and through, we wish Erik all the best for the future.”
Lamela leaves Tottenham with a mostly excellent relationship with Spurs fans. While injury and fitness struggles have limited his appearances, his love for the dark arts and a spectacular goal endeared him to the fanbase.
Signing from Roma in 2013 for a then club record fee of £30m, the Argentina international endured a tough debut season but shone in subsequent campaigns under compatriot Mauricio Pochettino. He became an important squad member in the best modern Tottenham side alongside the likes of Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen among others.
In 255 appearances for Spurs he scored 37 goals, his most eye-catching being rabona strikes against Asteras Tripoli in the Europa League and Arsenal in the Premier League last season. In true Lamela fashion, he was later sent off in the match against the Gunners.
He joins a Sevilla side who finished fourth in La Liga last season, qualifying for the Champions League. The likes of Lucas Ocampos, Suso, Munir and Alejandro Gomez will provide competition for places.