Tottenham Hotspur’s Argentinian attacker Erik Lamela has emerged as a transfer target for Serie A club Inter Milan, according to Gazetta World.
The 24-year-old, who’s been capped 22 times by his country, enjoyed an impressive two-year spell in the Serie A following a £10 million move from River Plate in 2011.
The attacking midfielder immediately impressed on his arrival at Roma, scoring a total of 21 goals in 67 appearances and boasting a return of 15 league goals in 33 games in the 2012/13 campaign.
His fine form in Italy prompted then Spurs manager André Villas-Boas to spend £30 million on the Argentinian, making him the most expensive player in the club’s history.
However, the Buenos Aires native’s performances have been mixed at Spurs. Struggling to settle and adapt to life in England initially meant Lamela only featured nine times in his opening season at White Hart Lane. However, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has worked wonders in the two years since his arrival from Southampton, making the Argentinian a key player for the side.
Since the 44-year-old’s arrival the former Roma man has made 90 appearances for Spurs, with last season’s impressive goal tally of eleven the second highest at the club. Harry Kane was the only other player to produce more goals.
His return to form for Spurs, and his strong spell in Italy with Roma, has prompted Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini to identify the Argentinian as a potential recruit at the San Siro this summer – albeit if the Italian giants should fail in their pursuit of primary and secondary targets Lazio’s Antonio Candreva and Manolo Gabbiadini of Napoli.
With Lamela one of Spurs’ most improved players in the last few seasons, and with the club making a return to Champions League football this season, it’s unclear as of yet whether the club would be willing to see their record signing leave White Hart Lane this summer.
Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena