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Bologna sporting director Sabatini eyes Tottenham’s Erik Lamela

Coco one of many decisions this summer for Daniel Levy

Dinamo Zagreb v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Europa League Round Of 16 Leg Two Photo by Jurij Kodrun/Getty Images

This week, Walter Sabatini, sporting director for Bologna, has identified Erik Lamela as a potential replacement for AC Milan target Riccardo Orsolini. In speaking with TuttoMercatoWeb, Sabatini admitted his interest was high.

The 29 year old Coco signed a new contract in 2018 that runs through 2022. If the interest is there this summer it will be hard to see Daniel Levy deciding to see out the contract. Erik is currently one of many questions Tottenham management is facing this summer and despite lack of movement in the past, Levy will be forced to face some hard decisions this time.

This summer transfer window for Tottenham Hotspur may be one of the most important we’ve experience in quite some time. Our first team squad is in desperate need of heavy turnover and one could argue there will be 8 to 11 player issues to sort out. The effects of virtually no transactions prior to 12-18 months ago have caused a logjam of business. When you take into account Daniel Levy’s propensity to maximize every potential transfer in or out regardless of how long it takes with a Champions League final band-aid on a desperately depleted squad, the weight becomes heavy.

Looking at the first team alone, questions need to be asked of Matt Doherty, Ben Davies, Serge Aurier, Hugo Lloris, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, and… Erik Lamela. Outside the first team, decisions have to be made (though they probably already have) on loaned out Paulo Gazzaniga, Juan Foyth, Cameron Carter-Vickers, and even Troy Parrot. Erik’s name won’t be the last we see in headlines.

I refuse to get nostalgic as nothing has transpired but It’s been eight incredibly interesting years for Erik at Tottenham. From haircuts to tackles, he’s certainly put on a show and has become a fan favorite for many. Sadly, outside of his two spectacular rabonas, I’m wondering if injuries will be what we think of upon looking back, should our Coco be let go.