Inter Milan and Juventus are both set to miss out on Argentine starlet Erik Lamela, with the current Tottenham Hotspur attacker looking set to join Ligue 1 side Marseille.
The former Roma star has endured a troubled time in England, but will put those times behind him with a summer move to France.
Sky Sports reported that Lamela was close to a move to Inter on August 25, but the Nerazzurri join Juventus in a failed attempt to sign the 23-year-old, with Michel’s side in France becoming the front-runners now according to Tuttomercatoweb.com.
The deal is expected to be on loan with an option for buying at the end of the 2015-16 season, with Spurs attempting to recoup the €35.5 million they forked out for him whilst at Roma.
The Argentinian managed two goals in his 45 appearances since 2013 in the Premier League, just a fraction of what he achieved back with the Giallorossi, in which he scored 19 goals in 62 showings.
— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) August 31, 2015“>RMC, Marseille continue to negotiate with Tottenham for the loan with an option to buy of Erik Lamela.
The player would have preferred to join a Serie A side, but Spurs are looking to loan him to the Ligue 1 side. The good relationship between the two clubs is what is making negotiations possible today, but issues remain notably over the price of the buy-out option, with Tottenham at this stage not excluding a transfer of the player.
At the Stade Velodrome, Lamela would expect to play regular first team football, something which he is not guaranteed under Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.
Nevertheless, a move to France would still come as something of a surprise given Lamela has been regularly linked with a return to Italy, while it remains to be seen if Marseille can shoulder the full burden of his wage packet.