Tottenham Hotspur remain in the mix to sign Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez this summer, according to a reliable source.
The Lowdown: Spurs make 2021 bid…
Spurs transfer chief Fabio Paratici, setting his sights on the Argentine last summer, reportedly had a fee agreed to sign Inter’s striker in 2021 (The Times).
Lilywhites boss Antonio Conte has set his sights on a new forward as back up for star man Harry Kane alongside other targets (The Telegraph), and despite their failed attempt last year, it appears Spurs are still in the mix for Martinez.
The Latest: Tottenham eye move…
According to a reliable source in The Times and journalist Gary Jacob, Paratici and co ‘retain’ their interest in the San Siro star as they eye a 2022 move.
However, it is also believed they have ‘other priorities’ and are ‘quietly confident’ Kane will stay at Hotspur Way next season.
The Verdict: Push forward?
The 37-cap forward would undoubtedly be a brilliant signing for Conte and could seriously bolster their options.
Hailed as a ‘beast‘ by his former teammate Lukaku, his quality is perhaps best summed up a once sky high valuation, with Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio refusing to sell for anything less than his former £100 million release clause at one point (The Daily Mail).
Now that the cash-strapped European heavyweights have ‘signalled their intention’ to sell for around £60-70 million, Tottenham simply must consider take advantage of this major price drop by pushing forward with a bid.
Conte will need proof of Spurs’ ambition if he is to remain at N17 for 2022/2023 and attempting a move for his former star could well be a display of intent.
Journalist Pete O’Rourke claims the Italian is a ‘big fan’ of Martinez alongside Paratici and Spurs should certainly weigh backing Conte with a summer swoop.
In other news: Source: Conte now green-lights exit for ‘perfect’ Spurs player who ‘100%’ wants to quit! Find out more here.
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