Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur to raid Inter Milan for Lautaro Martinez in the January window
According to GiveMeSport (h/t Yorkshire Evening Post), Tottenham Hotspur could reignite their interest in Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez in the January transfer window. He was, of course, one of the star players under Antonio Conte in Inter Milan’s Scudetto-winning season.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed quite a success this year, having won the Seria A title with Inter and the Copa America with Argentina. He also helped his national team to qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup through his contribution.
Martinez has played in 11 league games this season and has scored five goals with an assist to his name. Playing under Conte, he was involved in 97 matches and has scored 40 goals combined with his 19 assists, having made a dangerous partnership with his former teammate Romelu Lukaku.
Daniel Levy is targeting the Argentinian to reunite him with his former boss and could develop a partnership with Kane should he join the English club. However, there is an obstacle that lies in the way and could prove to be costly.
The striker had signed a renewal last month and has extended his contract to 2026, and thus getting his services can be expensive. The €111m release clause in his contract was also removed in the process, and the Nerazzurri board could demand any price that they want.
The Seria A striker had offers from Atletico Madrid and Tottenham last summer but, he had rejected those proposals to stay in Italy. His current club had promised to give him a new deal should he stay going forward.
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Since the Seria A champions had recorded €245.6 million losses in the 2020-21 season, they would have to find sources of income to not record a loss in consecutive years. With Levy having to back up the new man in charge to challenge silverware, we may see more freedom in spending by the North London club.
However, only time will tell whether Martinez would be one of such reinforcements as the transfer window draws closer.