Serie A club director confirms interest in Erik Lamela
Tottenham Hotspur forward Erik Lamela is currently being targeted by Bologna as a transfer option for the summer, with growing interest in one of their own stars.
Bologna look set to lose out on their star winger Riccardo Orsolini, with there being increasing interest in the Italian winger by AC Milan.
As a result, Bologna are assessing their options to replace him, and the Bologna director Walter Sabatini has boldly named the Spurs winger as his potential replacement, with the 29-year-old being in his final 18 months of his contract in North London.
As per the Evening Standard, Sabatini has claimed that "Lamela is one of the names we are looking into".
He added: "We are trying to understand if there are possibilities to get there and there is no guarantee."
"Of course, should Orsolini leave, there would be no better substitute. We will see."
Lamela had a stint in Italy prior to joining Spurs for £25 million, playing for AS Roma between 2011 and 2013, where he made a name for himself as one of the most skillful players in the league, particularly impressing in 2012/13, racking up 15 goals and five assists in 33 Serie A games.
Lamela has had a mixed time at Spurs, not being every manager's cup of tea, but this season he has been an important player in Jose Mourinho's side, yet has had his problems with injuries and in recent weeks has found it hard to take the place of the likes of Lucas Moura and Gareth Bale on the right-wing.
On the other hand, Orsolini has impressed for Bologna this season, with the 24-year-old even scoring twice in his first two appearances for the Italian national team.
Signing Lamela might be ambitious from Bologna, but with them sitting firmly placed in 11th, selling Orsolini might prove to be the move to help fund a transfer for the 29-year-old winger.