Erik Lamela may become a Tottenham Hotspur player at some point, but don't expect an announcement anytime soon. Contrary to reports that a deal for his transfer had already been agreed, Sky Italy's Gianluca Di Marzio says that negotiations are still ongoing and that a deal has not been reached.
According to Di Marzio, Tottenham have offered €30 million while Roma want €35 million for Lamela's services. There is also a disagreement about the installments that the transfer fee would be paid in. Spurs would like to spread out the fee over the life of Lamela's contract, while Roma would like to recoup the entire transfer fee within two years. Di Marzio also says that personal terms are close, but the number he cites is low; if Di Marzio's information is accurate, Lamela would make just £40k per week this season if he were to join.
Roma obviously aren't stupid and know that we have some money to spend if we're thinking about buying Lamela in the first place. We'll probably hear a lot more about this in the coming days, and if Spurs are willing to pay €30 million over four years, they're probably willing to pay €35 million over a shorter period of time.
Lamela is still training with Roma and was presented to the crowd today during an event where the club introduced their squad for this season.