Manchester United €35 million winger target about to become unattainable

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Manchester United were a couple of months ago linked with Erik Lamela; that possibility could soon be no more.

A whirlwind of a transfer rumour began several weeks ago, when Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport linked Manchester United to Roma winger Erik Lamela in a mega €35 million Euros deal.

The Argentine ace, 21, has been instrumental for Roma this year, helping them reach the final of the Coppa Italia where they will face rivals Lazio.

Lamela has scored 14 goals in 27 games, a figure which shames Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia's paltry goal tally of one, scored last night against West Ham.

His agent was quick to play down the talk of an exit, but Manchester City have since been linked, as have La Liga's big guns.

The exit door could be about to slam shut, if the latest reports are to be believed.

Roma website Voce Giallorossi  has claimed the winger is close to signing a new contract with the Italian side, for five years.

While no guarantee he will stay the five seasons, if he signs, it's pretty much a certainty he will not be signing anywhere else, including Manchester United, this summer.

Lamela's new contract is said to be worth €150,000 per week, or three million Euros a season.

It is reported that the deal is agreed in principle, with just the final elements to be agreed, although Roma are publicly quite relaxed about it and state they are in no rush for him to sign it, it's clear they fear him leaving which is why they want to up his salary to equate to what he could expect to be offered elsewhere.

Lamela is key for Roma, and an exciting prospect. If he does sign, then it could mean Manchester United concentrating their efforts doubly so on Porto' James Rodriguez if they want to sign a winger to shake up their options and complement the incoming Wilfried Zaha.

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