Harry Winks has finally secured a move from Tottenham Hotspur after a summer of uncertainty, and according to Fabrizio Romano Sampdoria can make the loan permanent after the signing fee was revealed.
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed Winks’ departure on August 30. The midfielder had been looking for a new club all summer, after being deemed surplus to requirements by Spurs boss Antonio Conte.
Winks came through the Spurs academy and had made 203 appearances for the club, scoring five goals (Transfermarkt). The recent arrivals of Rodrigo Bentancur and Yves Bissouma had pushed Winks up the club hierarchy.
It was reported that Winks preferred to stay in the Premier League (Evening Standard), but he opted for a move to Serie A after interest from English clubs failed to materialise.
The loan deal will see Winks play for Sampdoria until June 2023 and despite early reports suggesting the move was a dry loan (Gianluca Di Marzio), it now appears that is not the case.
Sampdoria itself was the first to suggest a call option was involved in the deal, and now fabrice romano confirmed that there are specific fees the Italian club can pay to make the move permanent.
He said: “The option to buy clause included in the Harry Winks deal between Tottenham and Sampdoria is worth €25m – and it’s not binding.”
That fee translates to just over £21m, and it looks like any deal will be at the discretion of both clubs and the player if the loan proves successful.
Boosts web opinion
If Harry Winks can indeed revive his career in Italy and impress his new team, there’s every chance they’ll seek to secure the permanent transfer for the fee mentioned above. That fee is more than reasonable for a player of Winks’ caliber and is arguably more than Spurs could have hoped to attract this summer anyway.
The fact that it’s an optional deal could mean Spurs find themselves back at square one next summer, so let’s hope Winks has a good season. Although he has fallen out of favor at Spurs, it’s important to remember that Winks is a player who gave his all for his boyhood club, and we wish him all the best.
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