By Tom Blackburn
Inter Milan have offered Tottenham a pick of two players in part-exchange for Erik Lamela, according to reports.
The Argentina attacking midfielder joined Spurs from Roma in 2013 for a club-record £26million and Inter are keen to bring him back to the league where he made his name.
Tribal Football, citing Italian newspaper Corrierre dello Sport, claim Colombian defender Jeison Murillo and Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic are both being offered to Tottenham in a player-plus-cash swap for Lamela.
The North London side are said to want £20million for Lamela, 24, which would represent a loss on what they paid for him three years ago.
Inter have launched their bid to prise Lamela from White Hart Lane by offering either Murillo or Brozovic in part-exchange.
Murillo, 24, has been a mainstay of the Inter team, with 34 Serie A appearances since joining from Granada for £6million last summer.
By contrast, Brozovic has only officially being an Inter player since 1 June after the Italian club opted to make his loan from Dinamo Zagreb a permanent deal. However, they are reportedly willing to sell on Brozovic, who scored four goals in 32 league games this season, in order to sign Lamela.
The Spurs star, who earns £70,000-a-week, struggled in his first two seasons at White Hart Lane, but was an integral player in Mauricio Pochettino’s side as they finished third in the Premier League this season.
In 76 league appearance for Spurs, Lamela has scored just seven goals, but he was far more effective in 2015-16 and struck 10 times and supplied 11 assists in 44 matches in all competitions.
This was enough for Lamela to earn a spot in Argentina’s 2016 Copa America squad, alongside the likes of Lionel Messi.
Argentina have won two out of two matches at the group stage of the tournament, with Lamela coming off the bench on both occasions.
In other Tottenham news, a deal has moved closer between the club and a £20million-rated midfielder.