Inter Milan have reportedly set their sights on a cut-price move for Tottenham Hotspur misfit Erik Lamela.
Tutto Mercato Web reports that Gazzetta TV believes the Argentina international has emerged as a summer transfer target for the San Siro giants, but they are willing to pay only a fraction of the amount Spurs shelled out.
He arrived at White Hart Lane with a big reputation in 2013, having cost a club-record £30m when he swapped Roma for north London, but his first season was plagued by a back injury and this term he has flattered to deceive.
The 23-year-old has managed a return of only four goals in 41 appearances this season – a disappointing tally for an attack-minded player – and Spurs are unlikely to fight his departure, as long as they are happy with the money on offer.
That, however, could be the sticking point. Inter’s budget will be hit by their failure to qualify for the Champions League and they are unlikely to offer even a third of the winger’s price tag of two years ago.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy could hold out for a player exchange arrangement if he is keen on any of Roberto Mancini’s men, or loan out Lamela for one season but with a right-to-buy obligation at the end of 2015-16.