Roma want to keep Lamela

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Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Argentine international forward Erik Lamela.

The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Roma this summer after an impressive campaign at the Stadio Olimpico last season.

Lamela has just 12-months left on his current contract, but La Gazetta dello Sport claims club director Walter Sabatini is set to meet with the player’s agent to discuss a possible renewal.

The Daily Star subsequently reports that Roma will offer the player €2.5million a season until 2018 in an effort to ward off potential suitors.

Of those suitors, Spurs have been most strongly linked, with previous speculation claiming Andre Villas-Boas has considered a deal in the region of £30million for the player.

And, if Gareth Bale were to leave White Hart Lane this summer, then Lamela could be an option to replace the Welsh winger for Tottenham Hotspur.

Villas-Boas has already added strength to his side during the transfer window, and if Spurs did manager to lure the youngster to north London, then he’d join Paulinho and Nacer Chadli.

Manchester United, meanwhile, have so far failed in their efforts to land a big-name player this summer, with Thiago Alcantara opting for Munich and Cesc Fabregas stalling on a move from Spain.

TalkSPORT reported last month that David Moyes was ready to follow-up the interest of Sir Alex Ferguson in Lamela, after the former Red Devils chief showed an interest in signing the player from River Plate back in 2011.

However, the new Old Trafford chief may have to move fast if he wants Manchester United to win this particular race.

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