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Mercato: Inter considering Brozovic-Lamela swap?

Corriere dello Sport believes the Nerazzurri are interested in exchanging the Croatian for the Tottenham winger, although Jeison Murillo could be involved in the deal too.

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It's well known that, just like last summer, Inter will have to sacrifice one or two of their prized assets in this transfer session if they wish to reinforce their squad with new signings, and it's also well known that Jeison Murillo and Marcelo Brozovic are two candidates to fill this role.

For this reason, Sunday's edition of the Corriere dello Sport has put two and two together and linked them to Premier League side Tottenham, but there's more to the story. According to them, Inter are considering a swap deal that would see one of them - more likely Brozovic in their opinion - exchanged with Erik Lamela, who was one of the alternatives they explored at the end of last summer when it looked like the deal for Ivan Perisic might have collapsed. Mancini is said to be looking for someone who can play on the right wing (hence our pursuit of Antonio Candreva) and the Argentine international could be his man, assuming Spurs agree to let him go.

I don't believe this is at all likely to happen however. Firstly, Inter can't afford it. The reason we supposedly need to sell one of Brozovic or Murillo is because we need to make an important sale before 30 June, to enable us to comply with the Financial Fair Play agreement we have negotiated with UEFA, so we can't just swap them for someone else. We actually need money. Secondly, Lamela would almost certainly count as a non-EU player (unless he holds an Italian passport from his two years spent at Roma, which I don't believe he does), so we would have to give up on signing Yaya Toure to sign him, and I highly doubt that is a move Mancini would sanction. And thirdly, how often do these swap deals actually happen? Very rarely.

Anything can happen in the world of calciomercato, but I'd be surprised if this did. Although it wouldn't be the most disastrous piece of business Inter have ever done should it come to pass.