Spurs beware! £30m interest could see a repeat of Ozil to Arsenal

Fiorentina are interested in Tottenham's Erik Lamela, a move which could drive Juan Cuadrado into the hands of Arsenal.

The enigma that is Erik Lamela is yet to reveal his true talent to Tottenham fans and Premier League, but over in Italy they need little convincing.

The injury-hit Argentine dazzled in Serie A a season ago with Roma, netting 15 goals in 30 starts. 

Inter Milan have long been touted with bringing him back to the country, but the latest club linked are Fiorentina.

Fiorentina have built quite a reputation in recent years for salvaging those who didn't cut it in the Premier League, see Stefan Savic, Alberto Aquilani, Borja Valero, and recently Giuseppe Rossi.

Tuttosport report that Fiorentina are to push for a deal, and hope their previous good relations with Tottenham technical director Franco Baldini can smooth it along.

There is added reason for Spurs to beware of doing business with Fiorentina however, should they decide to cut their losses and not give the winger another chance.

The scenario is relatively simple, Lamela is lined up in Florence to replace Juan Cuadrado, who is attracting strong interest from abroad.

And said to be at the top of the queue in pursuit of his signature are Tottenham's North London rivals, Arsenal.

The situation could see a repeat of the deadline day deals last summer, which saw Gareth Bale sold to Real Madrid, sending Mesut Ozil to Arsenal.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was reported to have tried to delay the Bale deal to prevent Ozil from joining the Gunners, albeit without success.

Cuadrado is a talented Colombian winger, also linked with Barcelona, who can play on either flank and even at full-back. With 13 goals and 8 assists it is easy to see why he is attracting interest.

Tottenham's plans on Lamela are as yet unclear, but if they do sell, Fiorentina should be the last team they consider, simply to prevent the possibility of unintentionally strengthening the side they want to beat the most.

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