By Richard Parks
Inter Milan are working on a deal to sign Tottenham attacking midfielder Erik Lamela this summer, according to a report.
Italian newspaper Tuttosport claim that Serie A big hitters are keen to take advantage of the Argentina international’s contract situation as they look to bring in a left-footed wide man in the forthcoming window.
It is said that Inter, who are fifth in the Italian league, have are in preliminary talks with representatives of Lamela, who is a favourite of the club’s sporting director Walter Sabbatini.
Lamela’s current £65,000-a-week deal, which was agreed when he joined from Roma in August 2013 for a then-club record £30million, is due to expire in 2019.
Lamela returned in October after a year on the sidelines in which he underwent double hip surgery and has gradually been re-integrated back into Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The Argentine was given the nod to start in Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League thriller against Juventus last month but could miss out to Son Heung-Min for the second leg on Wednesday night.
Football Insider verdict:
Lamela has been strongly linked with a return to Italy for much of his five-year spell at Spurs and it would be no surprise if he did leave in the summer. What is likely to be key is how much game time he gets over the next two months. The Argentine has made 21 appearances this season, but most of those have been as a substitute, a role in which he is likely to find himself on Wednesday night. The attacking midfielder’s energy and touch will be missed if he were to leave, although he does not create and score as many goals as his talent suggests he should.
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