Italy expert: Spurs prepared to make £10m loss in effort to sell flop

In the latest transfer news & rumours involving Tottenham Hotspur, flop forward Erik Lamela could be offloaded in summer, says one Italian football expert.

Tottenham Hotspur may be prepared to cut their losses over last summer's expensive flop Erik Lamela, a 22-year-old Argentine who enjoyed a break-out season last year with AS Roma prior to a £30m deal that saw him swap the Stadio Olimpico for White Hart Lane.

Lamela struggled to replicate his Serie A performances in the Premier League, he admitted he struggled with the language barrier and he was seldom-used under both Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood's Lilywhite rule.

Sky Sport Italia journalist and Serie A expert Gianluca di Marzio reported multiple sightings of Lamela in Italy in recent weeks, news that has prompted speculation he could be set to join one of Napoli (talkSPORT), AC Milan (The Express) and Internazionale (Metro).

"Erik misses Italy, but the return is complicated," said di Marzio. "At the moment, the signals coming from Tottenham are the same they sent in January: he will not be loaned. The Italian teams that hoped for a temporary solution should come up with another plan."

He then explained that the only solution would be if a €20m to €25m offer (roughly £18m) was made, suggesting Spurs would accept a £10m to £12m loss on their club record purchase.

However, he added: "New Spurs coach Pochettino has an offensive playing style and he could decide to really rely on him, hoping that he won’t have any injury setback next season.

"Everyone has a price, including Lamela. Who wants to seize this opportunity will have to pay €20m to €25m for it."

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