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The Daily Express's Ben Jefferson claims that Tottenham are considering using Erik Lamela to land Mario Balotelli from AC Milan, despite interest from their close rivals Arsenal.
Speculation surrounding Balotelli's future is never far away, with the latest round of reports suggesting the Italy international could move to Arsenal in the summer, after the Gunners' new sponsorship deal with Puma (who also endorse Balotelli) gave them the funds to finance a swoop, per Jefferson.
Tottenham, however, are also keen on the ex-Manchester City striker—and believe they might be able to move to the head of the queue for the player by offering Lamela in part-exchange.
The Express reports:
The Gunners have been linked with a £40m move for the former Manchester City striker, backed by new kit provider Puma, who also have a sponsorship agreement with Balotelli.
But according to reports in Italy Tottenham also have their sights set on the unpredictable frontman.
And with Lamela struggling to adapt after making a £30m move from Roma in the summer Spurs sense an opportunity to get one over on their fierce rivals.
Balotelli is unlikely to move to a club without Champions League football, however. This makes a top-four finish even more important for Spurs.