Harry Winks has finally secured a move away from Tottenham Hotspur after a summer of uncertainty, and according to Fabrizio Romano, Sampdoria can make the loan move a permanent one after a purchase fee has been revealed.

Tottenham Hotspur 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). Recent arrivals of Rodrigo Bentancur and Yves Bissouma had pushed Winks down the pecking order at the club.

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 initial reports suggesting the move was a dry loan (Gianluca Di Marzio), it now appears that may not be the case.

Sampdoria themselves were the first to suggest a purchase option was involved in the deal, and now Fabrizio Romano has confirmed there is a specific fee that the Italian club can pay to make the move permanent.

He said: “Buy option clause included in Harry Winks deal between Tottenham and Sampdoria is worth €25m — and it’s not mandatory.”

That fee translates to just over £21 million, and by the sounds of it, any deal will be at the discretion of both clubs and the player should the loan move prove to be a successful one.

Spurs Web Opinion

If Harry Winks can indeed revive his career out in Italy and impress his new team, there’s every chance that they will look to secure the permanent transfer for the fee mentioned above. That fee is more than reasonable for a player of Winks’ calibre and is arguably more than Spurs could have hoped to attract this summer anyway.

The fact it’s an optional agreement could mean Spurs find themselves back at square one next summer though, so let’s hope Winks has a good season out there. Despite falling out of favour at Spurs, it’s important to remember Winks is a player who gave everything for his boyhood club, and we wish him all the best.

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