The Mirror have reported that Erik Lamela wants to double his wages if he’s to sign a new contract with Spurs.
Already on £60,000-a-week, Lamela is reportedly holding out for a £120,000 weekly wage and a six-year deal.
If it seems unlikely that the club would sanction such a deal, don’t worry. It was only a couple of weeks ago that it was claimed that Christian Eriksen was asking for £150,000-a-week, only for the Dane to eventually sign a new contract for a reported £75,000.
Even if the mooted £120,000 is what Lamela’s advisors are asking for, it’s likely to be an opening negotiating position.
The Argentine still has three years of his current contract remaining and already earns a pretty good wage in relation to his colleagues. That means that the club have plenty of time to negotiate a new contract and that the player has no reason to be unhappy while the terms are thrashed out.
There’s also the fact that while Lamela’s form has vastly improved over the past couple of seasons, he has still yet to produce the sort of consistency that would attract the interest of the world’s top clubs.
For now Tottenham is about as good as it gets for Lamela and we’d expect the club to tie him down to a new contract sometime before next summer.