Report: Euro giants line up record-breaking Tottenham ace, midfielder to be offered in exchange
By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Inter Milan are weighing up a move for Tottenham star Erik Lamela, according to a report.
Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport claim Spurs’ record signing is on the target list of manager Roberto Mancini as he eyes attacking reinforcements.
It is said that Inter are keen to offer Croatia international Marcelo Brozovic to Tottenham in exchange for Lamela rather than a straight cash deal.
Lamela has two years remaining on the contract he signed when he joined from Roma in the summer of 2013 for £25.8million and is one of a number of first-teamers that Spurs want to tie down to an extended deal.
Lamela struggled in his first 18 months at White Hart Lane but he has prospered under the tutelage of fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino.
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The attacking midfielder scored 10 goals and provided nine assists in all competitions in 2015-16 as Tottenham embarked on an unlikely title challenge which, though ending in disappointment at the hands of Leicester, will provide them with a first appearance in the Champions League since 2010/11.
But Inter have targeted him at a time when he has entered the final two years of his contract.
It remains to be seen whether Spurs would be interested in signing Brozovic, 23, who has won 20 caps for the Croatia national team.
The central midfielder made 35 appearances for Inter in 2015-16, scoring seven goals and providing five assists in all competitions.
With European club football to follow on his return next season Lamela is convinced that Tottenham remains the right place for him to develop next season, but has refused to commit beyond then.