Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of signing Lautaro Martinez have been dealt a significant blow this week…
Earlier this month, The Times reported that Spurs had agreed a £60m fee to sign the Inter Milan striker, who would be signed to partner – rather than replace – Harry Kane up front.
Over the weekend, the same outlet claimed that talks between the two parties were ‘progressing’ well with less than two weeks to go in the transfer window.
However, in a new twist, it seems that the 23-year-old talisman will remain at the San Siro for the foreseeable future after his agent dropped a fresh claim to FCInterNews.
“Lautaro wants to stay at Inter. He believes in the Nerazzurri project and aims to win another Scudetto,” he said. “A meeting with Inter is scheduled for Wednesday. We will do everything possible to stay in the Nerazzurri. Martinez is very well in Milan, he has an excellent relationship with his teammates and with the new coach.”
After the Serie A champions sold Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea, this revelation should hardly come as a surprise, though it still deals Spurs sporting director Fabio Paratici a major blow.
Martinez is under contract until 2023, so the Italian giants are under no pressure to sell anytime soon.
He would’ve surely been regarded as quite the coup for Tottenham.
As per Transfermarkt, the 28-cap Argentina international delivered 19 goals and 11 assists during their title-winning campaign, averaging a direct contribution every 108 minutes, which is ten minutes more than the record of Kane throughout his entire career in north London – that’s impressive.
Furthermore, Paratici could’ve sealed him for just £60m, which seems an absolute steal considering that he’s valued at £72m by Transfermarkt. Lukaku earned Inter around €115m (£98m) and he was just as prolific as his former teammate last term, scoring 30 times in all competitions.
Martinez’s international teammate Lionel Messi, who recently swapped Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain, is a huge admirer of his.
“Lautaro is an impressive forward, especially because I think he is a very complete striker,” he told Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo. “He’s spectacular. He has impressive qualities. You could tell he was going to be a great player, and he is showing that. He’s very strong, really good one on one, scores a lot of goals, and in the area he fights with anyone, holds it up, he can turn, scrap to win it all on his own.”
At 5 foot 9 in stature, the young goal machine would’ve been the perfect foil for Kane in the attack, and considering his age, he could’ve taken the full mettle and pressure when the Englishman does eventually move on.
This stunning development will surely leave Paratici and co absolutely gutted. They’ll have to look elsewhere if they are to secure Nuno Santo that second striker he’s desperately craving.