A representative of Erik Lamela says the Tottenham midfielder is 'too expensive' to return to Italy.
An agent dealing with Tottenham winger Erik Lamela has told Corriere Dello Sport in Italy that a move back to Italy would be 'too expensive'.
Lamela, 23, arrived at Tottenham almost two years ago now, and was signed to become the replacement for Gareth Bale following the Welshman's move to Real Madrid.
However, Lamela has managed just six goals in 59 games for Tottenham, producing inconsistent displays throughout his time in North London.
It's a far cry from his time in Italy, where he racked up 21 goals in 67 games for Roma, becoming one of Serie A's most promising forwards in the process.
Now, with Tottenham planning an overhaul of their squad this summer, the Daily Mirror suggest that Lamela could be for sale this summer, with a potential return to Italy in the pipeline.
However, one of his representatives has told Corriere Dello Sport that Lamela is 'too expensive' for an Italian club to buy, and would never sign for Roma's city rivals Lazio.
"He is a player who is too expensive for the Italian market, both for the transfer and for the wages. Now, he is very well physically and could even play [for Argentina] against Paraguay in the Copa America. Erik has great memories of Italy and often returns to Rome. Some say even Lazio are interested? No, he will never go there, 100%," the unnamed representative is quotes as saying.
Last chance saloon?
Lamela arrived with such a big reputation, but the performances haven't matched the hype so far, so could this season be critical for the Argentine?
He has shown glimpses of his quality, but it has all been too fleeting so far, and manager Mauricio Pochettino must see more from him next season - if Lamela stays, that is.
If Lamela continues to disappoint next season, then we could well see him sold by Tottenham - possibly back to Italy, if possible.