Why Tottenham need to get Mauro Icardi if they are to sell Lamela to Inter

Inter Milan are reportedly in looking to sign Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela this summer.

With the London Evening Standard reporting that Inter Milan want Erik Lamela, Tottenham Hotspur should be making their own stipulations before doing any deal.

Inter reportedly will make a bid for Lamela this summer, as they look to end his White Hart Lane misery, but Spurs should not agree to any deal unless they get Mauro Icardi in return.

Tottenham are on the hunt for a striker this summer, and by completing this deal they would effectively kill two birds with one stone.

Lamela looks to have little future at Tottenham after struggling to make an impression in his first two years at the club, and the Lilywhites would be keen to offload him if the opportunity arises.

Unfortunately, Lamela's poor form has seen his value decrease, but if he could be used as a makeweight in an Icardi deal then Spurs could be completing a very clever bit of business.

Lamela's reputation is still good in Italy due to his performances for Roma earlier in his career, and he is still regarded as an exciting prospect there.

It means that offering him would be an obvious sweetener for Inter and it could help persuade them to part with Icardi.

The Argentine international has become one of Roberto Mancini's main men in recent times - with his 23 goal tally this season particularly impressive - but a move to Tottenham would likely be appealing for the 22-year-old.

The Lilywhites are building an exciting squad and he would fit in well at White Hart Lane, with his style suited to a team in playing in Mauricio Pochettino's favoured style.

Tottenham also need to find a player capable of taking some of the goalscoring burden off Harry Kane and Icardi could surely do this.

It means that the deal makes sense in a number of ways for Spurs and if they could finalise it, then it would surely go down as one of the smartest pieces of transfer business they have completed in some years. 

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