Would Tottenham swap Lamela for Inter Milan duo?

Osvaldo Azpilicueta Lamela

Tottenham Hotspur's summer signing Erik Lamela has been linked with a move to Serie A just months after joining the Premier League side.

The 21-year-old Argentine winger transferred to Spurs on 30 August last year from Roma in a deal worth £25.8 million.

The youngster had an impressive season in the Italian capital last term, scoring 15 goals and providing five assists for Roma, but has failed to find his form since arriving in North London and so far has made just three starts for Tottenham in the Premier League, managing just a single assist.

According to reports, Lamela is now ‘in talks’ with Inter Milan to negotiate a return to Italy but could new Spurs manager Tim Sherwood use the winger as a makeweight in a deal to bring one or perhaps even two of Inter Milan’s players to White Hart Lane?

It is unlikely that any deal with Inter Milan would recoup the near-£30 million Tottenham spent on him this summer, but perhaps two players of half that value could compensate.

Inter midfielder Fredy Guarin has reportedly been the subject of a £13 million bid from London rivals Chelsea in the last week and the 27-year-old Colombian has been valued at around £16 million by the club.

His teammate, Italian defender Andrea Ranocchia, has also been linked with a move to England with Chelsea thought to be the front-runners to sign him. It has even been suggested that Inter may be prepared to ‘sacrifice’ Ranocchia to make their move for Lamela.

Either one of those two players could be the kind of signing to turn Tottenham’s season around – Ranocchia is a top-level defender with the tactical nous and intelligence so characteristic in Italian football.

Gaurin has found it difficult to cement his place in the team at the San Siro but one man who has not is striker Rodrigo Palacio who could be exactly the kind of signing to fire Spurs into the top four this term – especially if Jermain Defoe makes an exit this January.

31-year-old Argentine striker Palacio has scored 12 goals and provided six assists in all competitions for Inter so far this term, and with his contract having entered its final 18 months, perhaps the Italian giants could be tempted to cut their ties with him for Lamela, who may be longing for a return to his old stomping ground in Serie A.

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