In this work we have developed a model for the release of radionuclides from the spent fuel coupled with their transport through the near field. A compartmental approach has been used, as this methodology is well suited to model integrated systems. Several processes have been taken into account: oxidative dissolution of the spent fuel matrix, radioactive decay and chains, diffusive and advective transport, retardation by sorption and secondary phase precipitation. Results illustrate the complex evolution of the radionuclide concentrations in the gap and the near field. Hence, the main conclusion from this study is the requirement to model this coupled system using a compartmental integrated approach.