Spurs unveiled their first major signing of the summer transfer window while also bidding farewell to an experienced artist
Tottenham have announced the signing of Bryan Gil after concluding a £ 22m ($ 30m) signed Eric Lamela deal with Sevilla.
The 21-year-old has committed to a five-year deal with Spurs and will join his new team-mates in north London after completing his duty at the U23 of Spain at the Tokyo Olympics.
Lamela has meanwhile joined Sevilla on a contract until 2024, ending his eight-year stay with Tottenham in the Premier League.
What was said?
Spurs posted an official statement on their website confirming Gil’s arrival, which reads: ‘We are delighted to announce the signing of Bryan Gil from Sevilla, with Erik Lamela at the Spanish club as part of the deal.
“The exciting young winger (20) is signing a contract with us until 2026. Subject to international approval, Bryan will join the club after the Tokyo Olympics where he will represent Spain.”
The outfit in North London also paid tribute to the departing Lamela and added: ‘Erik came to Spain on the other side and joined AS Roma in August 2013. In the next eight seasons, the attacking midfielder made a total of 257 appearances in competitions, helping us reach three cup finals and finish second and third in the Premier League twice.
“Now, 29, Erik has taken his tournament for Argentina to 25 during his time here. A clubman wishes us all the best for Erik’s future.”
Spurs usher in a new era with the acquisition of Gil
Gil became Tottenham’s first big signing of the summer transfer window and the second new arrival of Nuno Espirito Santo’s government in the excavation for Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini – which was borrowed from Atalanta at the club last week .
The Portuguese tactician is entering a new era at Spurs after replacing Jose Mourinho in the diving farm last month, and Gil is likely to play a key role in the 2021-22 season.
The Sevilla Spaniard leaves Sevilla with only 21 first-team appearances to his name, but he has proved he can handle the demands of top football last season during an impressive loan spell at Eibar.
Gil has scored four goals and four assists in 29 games for the Basque club, and Tottenham fans will be hoping to transfer form to the Premier League, with an attacking gap waiting to be filled after Gareth Bale’s return to Real Madrid Madrid earlier this summer.
When could Gil make his debut?
Tottenham fans will probably have to wait a while longer before they see Gil in the famous white shirt while he is still playing for his country in Tokyo.
If Spain reach the final of the Olympic tournament, the wing will be in Japan until at least August 7, which means he will play a doubt in the opening picture of Spurs against Manchester City eight days later.