Announced a week ago, completed this Monday. Sevilla and Tottenham made the first big swap of the summer transfer window official almost immediately. The London club confirmed the arrival of Bryan Gil, for which they paid the Andalusians 25,000,000 euros and sent Erik Lamela in the opposite direction, just as announced.
One of the most talented Spanish footballers - many rank him right behind Barcelona's duo Pedri and Ansu Fati - has signed a five-year contract with Tottenham, while the Argentine wing should remain on Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan until the summer of 2024.
It remains to be seen how Gil will cope in the Premier League and how long it will take him to adapt to the new environment. One of the factors for that will be the formation in which Tottenham will play next season. Especially if the new coach Nuno Espirito Santo stays with the one from Wolverhampton (3-4-3), because Gil mostly played at the right-wing last season on loan in Eibar, and scored four goals in the Basque club and the same number of assists in 29 games.
In Sevilla, not so much, two goals and two assists in 21 games for the first team, although through three seasons, because they have never counted on him more seriously in Andalusia.
He was expected to change his mind after a great year at Ipurua, but Monchi felt it was the right time to sell him.
And he rarely makes mistakes. We'll see if he was right this time too. On the other hand, this is a good opportunity for Eric Lamela to revive his career and try to return his form to the desired level. The task will not be easy at all, given the competition currently in Seville, but Lamela still has time to show that he can still be the old one.
Sevilla has always looked for "weird" names, players that everyone has forgotten about, players who are not so well known, and of whom they have made a star. It can be said that both teams profited. Tottenham got a young player who can progress, while Sevilla got a player who is great but also prone to injuries.
Lamela can only hope that there will be no injuries and that he will try to put all his focus on football. Tottenham will have a lot of work to do because after such a desperate season, reinforcements are needed that could serve in the fight at least for the Champions League, but maybe for something bigger.