Inter join the race for River Plate's Erik Lamela - report

The talented playmaker looks set to leave Argentina following his club's dramatic relegation, and Inter have entered the running for his signature
Inter are reportedly interested in River Plate playmaker Erik Lamela, and are set to enter a bidding war for the youngster following his side's unprecedented relegation from Argentina's top flight.

The Buenos Aires team lost a playoff clash with Belgrano over the weekend, meaning they will now play their football in Nacional B for the first time, and amid large debts the club may look to cash in on their star player.

Napoli have been tracking the 19-year-old, and were rumoured to have made a €15 million bid for the player previously, whilst Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Roma have both also been linked with the starlet.

Inter are looking to revamp their squad after relinquishing their Champions League and Scudetto titles in 2010-11, and Tuttosport reports that both new coach Gian Piero Gasperini and president Massimo Moratti are keen to invest in youth, with the South American of major interest.

"The time of bombastic markets is long gone. Now we must work with extreme caution. [We] must be right and spend [money] on young people in whom we can invest," the club chief stated.

The Milanese outfit have also been associated with a move for Lamela's team-mate, 18-year-old midfielder Manuel Lanzini.

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