Erik Lamela's star is on the rise. He's averaged a goal every two games for Roma this season from the wing, often netting thanks to impressive displays of pace, power and individual skill.
Brought to the Italian capital from River Plate in Argentina last season, Lamela is the latest in a long line of South American imports captured by Walter Sabatini, the Giallorossi's director of football. The talent spotter knows a winner when he sees one and it looks like he hit the jackpot with young Lamela.
There's been plenty of talk about a big-money move, with everyone from Barcelona to Manchester United and Manchester City being linked to the wide man.
Rumours have also been circulating about an improved deal at the capital club for the attacker who currently earns just over €1 million a year. It's been denied by his agent but it remains the most likely development.
Having paid €14 million for him just last year (official statement and details of the deal can be read here in Italian), Roma should be in no mood to sell. The American owners have spoken consistently about building for the future and investing heavily in Rome, so it would make little sense to sell off one of their key assets.
There'll be plenty of hype but he should kick off the new season in a Roma shirt—albeit on more money.