Erik Lamela’s struggles in England have long seen him linked with a move back to Italy.
Back in January Inter pressed Spurs to restore his Serie A status, though the North London outfit made it clear they wouldn’t part with a £30 million investment signed just months before.
The Nerazzurri would try once more for the Argentine this summer after Lamela missed the entire second half of the season, only to admit defeat again as Spurs wouldn’t budge.
Tottenham’s stance has looked clear enough through Inter’s attempts. With a club record fee sunk into the 22-year-old, he’d be kept to prove his worth at White Hart Lane.
But on Thursday, reports emerged in the Italian press that Milan have begun to pursue the ex-Roma man.
Sportmediaset wrote: ‘Rumours gathered confirm interest in the Argentine who would join Milan outright and not on loan, but only as an alternative to [Torino’s Alessio] Cerci.
‘The matter is still in the enquiry phase, but Lamela is suited to the style of play that [manager Filippo] Inzaghi will impress on his team.
‘If the conditions will come to pass he could be the strong signing promised by [vice-president Adriano] Galliani.’
However, Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio immediately moved to rubbish the claim that Milan had made contact with Tottenham regarding Lamela.
Though interestingly enough, the transfer guru didn’t stop there. He indicated whilst Milan have made no play for the youngster, he is available for £20 million plus bonuses.
This contention stands in contrast with the attitude Spurs have so far shown to the idea of selling Lamela. In the case of Inter, perhaps the Nerazzurri simply didn’t offer enough for Tottenham to consider.
Whether Spurs will now be presented with a bid upwards of £20 million remains to be seen. If they are, their resolve to bring Lamela along in North London could potentially be sternly tested.