Tottenham Hotspur, and by extension their sporting director Fabio Paratici, have major plans for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez, according to a fresh report from Italy in the last 48 hours.
The Lowdown: Conte demands striker…
Paratici’s recruitment meeting with manager Antonio Conte in Italy late last month has since yielded three major signings as the former Chelsea boss gears up for his first full season in charge of Spurs.
The arrivals of both Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster on free transfers were subsequently followed by Yves Bissouma’s recent £25m move from Brighton. Tottenham have shown no sign of slowing down, though, and reports suggest that a new striker is firmly in Conte’s sights.
As the Premier League giants eye a backup/alternative option to star man Harry Kane, reports from Italy have now shared a big update on Martinez.
The Latest: Paratici preparing ‘monstrous’ bid…
According to newspaper Tuttosport (via FC Inter News) on Saturday morning, Spurs – and by extension Paratici – are lining up a marquee move for the Argentina international.
It is believed that the Lilywhites are ‘ready’ to table a ‘monstrous’ bid to sign Martinez which could amount to around €80m-€90m (£69m-£77m).
However, despite Spurs’ willingness to spend big, they may struggle to negotiate as Inter apparently declare the South American ‘non-transferable’.
The Verdict: Keep pushing?
One thing is for certain, though – the £183k-per-week star would be a phenomenal capture if Tottenham can get him.
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Martinez stood out as Inter’s major attacking threat over 2021/22, finishing the Serie A campaign as the Nerazzurri’s top scorer, whilst also attempting the most shots at goal per 90 (WhoScored).
There’s little argument that he would seriously strengthen Conte’s options in attack, and it will be interesting to see whether Spurs can persuade Inter to sell their star striker.
In other news: ‘Attention has turned’…The Athletic claim Tottenham are ‘working’ on ‘genius’ signing for Conte! Find out more here
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