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Tottenham’s sensational rebuild continues as Lamela, Chiriches arrive with others on way

Aug 30, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

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Tottenham certainly aren’t afraid to splash the cash this summer and they’ve been at it again on Friday as they prepare for life after Bale.

On Friday afternoon Spurs confirmed the signings of AS Roma attacker Erik Lamela for a club record fee of up to $45 million, while they also added Romanian central defender Vlad Chiriches, 23, for a deal in excess of $13 million.

Lamela, 21, is an exciting winger who has lit up the Eternal City with his speedy attacks and goalscoring exploits in Serie A. The Argentinian international will certainly get Spurs fans off their seats at White Hart Lane this season as Andre Villas-Boas adds further firepower to his attack. The addition of Chiriches was also needed as Tottenham struggled for cover at the back and the former Steaua Bucharest captain and Romanian international will not just sit on the bench, he’s a ball-playing center back who will challenge Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen for minutes straight away.

(MORE: Tottenham to sign Erik Lamela from Roma for $45 million)

Tottenham have now spent over $140 million this summer and a deal to bring in Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen is also close to being completed as Spurs’ monumental rebuild continues.

Argentine international Lamela is by far the highest profile arrival over the summer and a huge onus will be on his shoulders to replace the brilliance of Gareth Bale. Of course Bale’s long-winded transfer to Real Madrid still hasn’t officially gone through but the Welshman is expected to complete his $135 million move by Monday’s transfer deadline, hence Tottenham’s massive spending spree.

Because let’s not forget before today’s flurry of additions Spurs had already spent almost $90 million in the transfer market with Belgian international winger Nacer Chadli, Spanish national team striker Roberto Soldado, Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho and French international midfielder Etienne Capoue all joining AVB’s revolution.

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Christian Eriksen is close to becoming Spurs’ seventh summer signing.

But if you look at the sheer overhaul at White Hart Lane this summer, Tottenham is building a squad than can realistically challenge England’s long-time “top four,” for many years to come. Lamela, Chiriches, Chadli, Capoue and Paulinho are all 25 and under, while Soldado is one of the most potent goalscorers in the European game.

Perhaps years from now people will look back at Tottenham’s decision to cash in on Bale and reinvest elsewhere as the best decision the club could have ever made.

So in a straight swap for the money they should receiver for Bale, Tottenham now have: two holding midfielders of international class, apacey Belgian international winger, one of the most prolific finishers in La Liga in Soldado, a young defender who is composed on the ball and an exciting winger that can carve open the opposition at will.

Yeah, that’s a great deal. And the decision to hire Franco Baldini as Technical Director really makes a lot of sense now. With his nous and connections in the European transfer market, Tottenham have spent big but spent wisely as they’ve invested all of the profit they’re set to get from Bale’s transfer. Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy must be applauded for that appointment, as hand on heart he must’ve known Real would come calling for Bale sooner rather than later. Now Baldini has helped Levy build a talented, attack minded squad that’s capable of challenging at the very top of the English Premier League for years to come. Bravo.

But another big factor in all of this was the tough decision to let other long-term Tottenham servants leave. That was extremely necessary to complete AVB’s overhaul. The likes of Clint Dempsey, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore, Tom Huddlestone, Steven Caulker and William Gallas left “The Lane” as a new-look Spurs aim to challenge for the Champions League for the foreseeable future.

It’s always a risk to bring in so many new players at once but Tottenham had to take this calculated risk as they prepare to lose their main man to Real Madrid. Only time will tell if AVB’s revolution is a successful one. But one thing’s for sure, the board and chairman have backed the vision of their Portuguese manager 100 percent.

Now after huge investment, it’s top four or bust for Tottenham.

  1. tromonsta - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    HUGE

    • spursmckenzie - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Massive!!! This is the signing I’ve been waiting for since hearing of the link. Lets just hope they sync up quickly… Seven signings is a lot of new players all at once. COYS!!!!!!!!!!

  2. midtec2005 - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    People were hoping Bale would stay, and for good reason. But all of these signings show why it was good to sell him. They have managed to rebuild their entire team! A whole team of great players is good than a team with one exceptional player… atleast I think. I guess We will find out for sure.

  3. wfjackson3 - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Eriksen is now official.

    • Joe Prince-Wright - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Great stuff. Another quality international midfielder at the right age who fits in with their style of play. Hats off to Baldini and Levy.

      But what are Spurs going to do with the likes of Lewis Holtby, Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon?

      They could all see their minutes diminish rapidly this season. Could be a few bargains before the window…

      • wfjackson3 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        Siggy is more likely to go than Holtby IMO. If Holtby goes out, it will be on loan. He has a higher ceiling. Adebayor is also going to head out the door before Defoe goes. Prevailing wisdom says we won’t move Defoe unless he asks to go, thinking that he needs to start in order to make the WC roster. As for Lennon, your guess is as good as mine.

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