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Report: Inter expresses interest in Tottenham’s Lamela

Several media reports link midfielder with Nerazzurri.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela (L) vies with Swansea City's Dutch defender Mike van der Hoorn (R) during the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on January 2, 2018.
Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images

As the winter mercato continues to heat up, a new name has been thrown in the mix at Inter Milan.

Reports in England and Italy are that the Nerazzurri are taking a hard look at Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Erik Lamela – but take this with a grain of salt.

Gazzetta dello Sport has suggested Inter is looking at Lamela on a loan deal that would see him at the San Siro for the remainder of the season. The loan deal would be the only way Lamela could come to Inter as the team’s board of directors have indicated they will spend zero dollars in the transfer window.

The Argentinian has a connection to Inter as it was Walter Sabatini who brought Lamela to AS Roma from River Plate in 2011.

Lamela has not been a key in Spur’s plans thus far as he missed last year with a hip injury and had made just two starts this year. A loan move to Inter would provide time for Lamela to obtain playing time and attempt to earn a spot on Argentina’s World Cup team – a team he has not started for since a 2016 qualifier against Venezuela.

But what does Lamela bring to Inter, even if just for a brief loan spell? It would depend on the midfield situation Inter has after the mercato is over. Is Joao Mario gone? What about Marcelo Brozovic? What is the plan for Joao Cancelo as some suggest he could return to Valencia although those talks happened before Cancelo started seeing more recent playing time.

Not only does it hinge on those players, but who the Nerazzurri may bring in during the window. With Gerard Deulofeu, Javier Pastore and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all being linked to a move to the San Siro, Lamela would have to mix in with the rest of the midfield if any of those three come to Inter and presumably Cancelo stays.