Juventus and Spurs could swap stars

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Juventus have sensationally entered the race for Erik Lamela by offering Tottenham Mirko Vucinic in exchange.

Inter and Lazio may be trumped by Juventus in the fight to sign Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela with Mirko Vucinic being used as bait, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

Former Roma ace Lamela's talents are well known throughout Serie A after his magnificent performances for the Giallorossi last term.

But things haven't worked out as well since his £30m switch to Tottenham and the player's father has been quoted as saying he is keen to return to Italy on loan but that his club won't let him leave in January.

Reports have suggested that Inter are leading the pack of clubs lining up a swoop for Lamela despite the interest of Lazio, but now it seems that Juventus may take pole position.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus director Beppe Marotta discussed Lamela during his talks with Tottenham technical director Franco Baldini and may have found a shortcut to the Argentine midfielder.

Spurs are said to be interested in Juventus' out-of-favour striker Mirko Vucinic, who has struggled with injury and the fierce competition for places in the Bianconeri squad.

La Gazzetta believes that Marotta and Baldini discussed the possibility of a swap that would see Vucinic arrive in North London and Lamela in Turin if not in January then at the end of the season.

Vucinic netted for Juventus from the penalty spot in their 3-0 win over Roma but he looks unlikely to infiltrate the strike partnership of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente and he may well be tempted by a move to England.

It remains to be seen whether a sum of money would be paid to Spurs as part exchange, but that seems highly likely given that the fee they paid for Lamela last summer is significantly higher than Vucinic's estimated market value.

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