According to The Times, Tottenham Hotspur are now ‘progressing’ in talks to sign Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez.
The Lowdown: Martinez saga emerges…
The Times also first broke news of Spurs and the Nerazzurri agreeing a fee for the Argentine which could reach ‘more than £60 million’, with reliable correspondent football.london Alasdair Gold also backing this up on Twitter.
However, Romelu Lukaku’s move to Chelsea seemingly put a spanner in the works, as Fabrizio Romano says Inter have now changed their mind and don’t want to sell.
Intriguingly, his agent has also come out to say that Martinez and Inter are set for contract renewal talks, but FcInterNews believe that Spurs could still tempt the 23-year-old into leaving Italy.
The Latest: Spurs talks ‘progressing’ for Martinez…
As per an update by The Times, a move for Martinez certainly isn’t dead in the water and Lilywhites talks are ‘progressing’ over a potential £60m deal.
Indeed, the reliable news source indicates that Spurs are moving forward in their negotiations for the player despite the statement of his agent and Inter’s reported U-turn.
After Spurs’ current transfer activity, it is stated that the club – and by extension managing director Fabio Paratici – are ‘far from finished’ in terms of building the foundations for this season. Alongside talks to sign Martinez, they are also ready to swoop for Villarreal defender Pau Torres, although it is claimed that the player has ‘serious reservations’ over leaving Estadio de la Cerámica.
The Verdict: Get it done…
Signing Martinez as a possible partner to Harry Kane, or even as his replacement depending on developments, would certainly be Paratici’s biggest coup yet.
At such a young age, Martinez also comes with plenty of sell-on value and could represent a big money maker for Spurs in years to come – if they decide to cash in, that is.
Indeed, somehow snapping him up would be quite the move by Tottenham.
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