Speaking to GiveMeSport, journalist Dean Jones has made a Manchester City transfer claim involving Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez amid all the rumours surrounding Erling Haaland.
The Lowdown: Sky Blues in pole Haaland position?
Recent reports have suggested that Pep Guardiola’s are major favourites to sign Haaland with Norway’s international star seeming set to be one of the summer window’s big name transfers.
Daily Mail reporters Jack Gaughan and Craig Hope, two reliable sources, first claimed that the Sky Blues have a deal in place to sign Dortmund’s prolific striker.
Other claims have come to light since then with City apparently being in pole position for Haaland’s services this summer.
However, despite all the noise, Jones has now shared what he’s heard as Pep Guardiola eyes another forward alongside the 21-year-old.
The Latest: Jones make Martinez transfer claim…
According to the reporter, Man City, and by extension their sporting director/transfer chief Txiki Begiristain, have also weighed up a move for Martinez.
Jones also refuses to rule out further reports of a potential move to Eastlands for the Argentine.
“I’ve even heard that Manchester City have looked at him over the past year and have considered whether he might be a good fit for them,” he explained (via GMS).
“So, I think once again this summer, we will see rumours around Lautaro Martinez.”
The Verdict: Great alternative?
If City can’t win the race for Haaland, should Guardiola’s side consider Inter’s star attacker as an alternative?
Nerazzurri sporting director Piero Ausilio, speaking to the press, once openly stated that Martinez would not leave for less than his once-€111m (£100m) release clause (The Daily Mail).
As his valuation drops substantially, City could sign a gifted attacker who Romelu Lukaku even called a ‘beast’, even if it’s clear Haaland is the superior striker.
His 16 goals and six assists over just 16 Bundesliga starts comes as a quite frankly ridiculous record, but if Begiristain and co fail in their bid, they should indeed consider a move for Martinez.
In other news: Man City officials sent to club as Pep eyes ‘absolute beast’ alongside Haaland, find out more here.
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