Two more join Tottenham
Chiriches and Lamela become the fifth and sixth acquisitions
Tottenham Hotspur’s summer spending spree passed the £ 90 million ( Dh511.4m) mark when they completed the signing of Erik Lamela from Roma yesterday.
Vlad Chiriches became the club’s fifth summer purchase, yesterday morning, when he completed his £8.5m move from Steaua Bucharest and, four hours later, the North London club confirmed they had signed Lamela, 21, for fee thought to be around £25.8m.
“We are delighted to announce that we’ve reached agreement with AS Roma for the transfer of Erik Lamela,” Tottenham said on their Twitter feed.
Lamela, who has three Argentina caps, moved to Roma from River Plate two years ago and scored 21 goals in 67 appearances for the Italian club, where he played in a number of positions across midfield.
Lamela arrived in London on Wednesday, but Tottenham would not comment on the player’s potential signing for fear that another club might snatch the midfielder from under their noses with an 11th-hour bid.
Tottenham have now spent approximately £92.8m in this transfer window following the signings of Lamela, Chiriches, Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli as they bid to improve on last season’s fifth-place finish in the Premier League.
Elsewhere, Manchester United have seen an offer for the Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera rejected by the Spanish club.
Athletic said they dismissed a bid from United on Thursday night that fell short of the buy-out clause in his contract, and stressed there was no room for negotiation.
Josu Urrutia, the Athletic president, said: “Yes we received an offer last night, an official offer from Manchester United. When there’s something, I’ll confirm it.
“Our club is different, our club is
To break contract with Athletic, first they have to tell us they want to leave, and that’s not the case with Ander, at the moment Josu Urrutia Athletic Bilbao club president on Manchester United’s offer for Ander Herrera
special, it’s based on sentiment. Our objective as a club is not to make money through our players, but to have the best performances possible.
“To break a contract with Athletic, first they have to tell us they want to leave, and that’s not the case with Ander, at the moment. Then they have to pay the buy-out clause in his contract, and that’s not the case here either.”
Herrera’s buy-out clause is being reported by Spanish media as €36 million (Dh174.5m).
United take on Liverpool tomorrow at Anfield, and the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been given mixed news ahead of the game on the injury front.
The defender Aly Cissokho, brought in on loan from Valencia, has been ruled out for at least a month with an ankle injury, but the injuries Kolo Toure and Joe Allen picked up during the Capital One Cup victory over Notts County in midweek were not as bad as first feared.
Rodgers said: Toure’s injury is nowhere near as bad as we thought … I think we were all thinking he might be out for longer after the game but he’s made an excellent recovery.
“Joe likewise. It was only a Grade 1 strain, so he may be doubtful for the weekend but certainly after the international break, he’ll be fine.
“Aly Cissokho will be slightly different. He could be four to six weeks, which is a blow because he came in and trained really well last week.