According to journalist Pete O’Rourke, it would be a huge ‘signal of intent’ if Tottenham Hotspur were to sign Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez during the upcoming transfer window.
The Lowdown: Paratici is a fan
It had previously been reported that sporting director Fabio Paratici is a huge fan of the 24-year-old and even tried to complete a deal for him back in January, with Football.London further claiming that Spurs had at one time agreed a €60m (£50.2m) fee for his services.
However, after Romelu Lukaku made the switch to Chelsea, it was obvious that the Italian giants weren’t going to let both of their main strikers depart, meaning that the Argentine ended up staying put at the San Siro.
With Antonio Conte’s outfit not yet having signed an alternative attacking option to captain Harry Kane, it would seem as though the Premier League side are determined to find one heading into the summer, and O’Rourke believes that bringing Martinez to north London would send out a strong message to their fellow competitors.
The Latest: A massive coup
When speaking about the possibility of Spurs securing the £63m-rated star’s signature, O’Rourke told GiveMeSport it would be ‘massive’ and ‘huge’ for Paratici and Conte.
“It would be a massive coup; I think Martinez is one of the best strikers in Europe.
“He’s proven himself in the Champions League and in Serie A with Inter as well, so it would be a huge signal of intent if Spurs could get him.”
The Verdict: Conte connection
The 37-cap international is currently one of the most sought-after talents in Europe, and it’s no surprise considering he’s made a staggering 93 goal contributions in 177 outings across all competitions since joining Inter back in 2018.
Martinez will also already have a strong relationship with Conte, having played under him during his time as Inter boss, so that could be a huge deciding factor when it comes down to the talisman choosing where his next destination will be.
Will Tottenham finish in the top 4 this season?
Once hailed as being a “spectacular” player by his Argentina teammate Lionel Messi, if Tottenham could bolster their attacking ranks with the addition of the £76k-per-week ace, then they could potentially become a real force to be reckoned with next season as they look to cement a top four place.
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