Arsenal To Hijack Tottenham’s Move For £30m Lamela?

By on August 21, 2013

Arsenal could be ready to hijack Tottenham’s move for Roma attacker Erik Lamela, according to reports in Italy.

Reports here in Britain claim that Spurs are on the verge of signing the 21-year-old after holding talks with Roma official Walter Sabatini on Tuesday.

However, the vibe coming out of Italy is a very different one with Sky Sport Italia saying that Sabatini left London after the two clubs failed to agree a fee, with Spurs refusing to go above £25m while Roma are demanding £30m.

Here’s the good part, the report also claims that Arsenal have now entered the race and are interested in signing the Argentinean international, with ‘rumours’ suggesting that we could be set to ‘dive in’ with a late bid. Liverpool are also said to be monitoring the situation as well.

Gooners have had to sit back and watch our local rivals spend close to £100m – when they complete the signing of Willian – so it would be a welcome treat if we did gazump them with a late move for Lamela.

The youngster looks to be a huge talent and 15 goals in 33 games last season is an impressive haul. The gap between Spurs bid and Roma’s valuation isn’t insurmountable so if we are going to try and snap him up from under their noses, we better do it quickly.

Whether we’ll be prepared to pay the £30m asking price is another matter. We’ve not got a good track record of paying the going rate for players so far this summer, so I’m not convinced Arsene Wenger will sanction such a bid for a relatively unproven winger.

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