Manchester City have been linked with a move for Inter striker Lautaro Martinez recently and the 23-year-old could be the perfect man to replace Sergio Aguero in Pep Guardiola’s side this summer.
According to the Daily Mail, the Citizens are considering Martinez as an alternative option to Erling Haaland this summer as they look to bring in a replacement for the outgoing Argentine.
Although Pep Guardiola suggested in midweek that City, like other Premier League clubs, have very little money at the moment as a result of plating much of the season behind closed doors, it is difficult to see the Citizens not bringing in a forward this summer.
The Spanish manager did suggest that 18-year-old Liam Delap, who is enjoying an extraordinary season in the Premier League 2 – having scored 20 goals in 15 games – would be training with the first-team next season, though it would be remarkable if he were able to step up immediately as Aguero’s replacement.
Therefore, they should definitely consider Martinez as an alternative to Haaland this summer if the Norwegian sensation proves to be too expensive, as the Inter man also looks to have the potential to become a world-class striker.
This season, in particular, has seen the 23-year-old impress, as he has managed 14 goals and five assists in 28 Serie A appearances, resulting in a superb 7.21 average rating.
He has undoubtedly helped steer Inter clear at the top of the standings.
Like Aguero, Martinez isn’t particularly tall for a striker, standing at 5 foot 9, but he is excellent at using his body to protect the ball and bringing teammates into play with intelligent touches.
When he was linked with a move to Barcelona last summer, Lionel Messi was full of praise for Martinez having played with him for Argentina, saying:
“I think I’ve already mentioned that Lautaro is an impressive forward, especially because I think he’s very complete. He’s strong, dribbles well, can score, knows how to protect the ball.”
Considering Delap has made just three appearances for the City senior side so far in his career, it would be unfair to expect him to start scoring goals on a regular basis in the Premier League as soon as next season.
Therefore, City should turn their attention towards Martinez instead, as his similarities with Aguero are clear to see, and he could be a great addition to Guardiola’s side if Txiki Begiristain can negotiate a deal with Inter this summer.
There cannot be a better like-for-like successor out there right now. He’d be a dream fit at the Etihad.
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