Manchester United offer Anthony Martial plus cash to Inter Milan for Tottenham Hotspur target Lautaro Martinez
According to The Times (Subscription Required), Manchester United have offered Anthony Martial plus cash to Inter Milan for the services of Lautaro Martinez, who is a target for Tottenham Hotspur. He has enjoyed yet another solid season so far, having taken over the reins following Romelu Lukaku’s exit last summer.
Martinez’s future with Inter is far from uncertain due to the financially stricken situation of his club. As such, they are willing to part ways with him for a price between £60-70million. He is open to leaving Giuseppe Meazza to join a side where he still can feature in the Champions League.
Man United are keen on signing the Argentine, and they have proposed a cash plus player swap deal to the Italian club. This potential move will see Martial join the Serie A side but whether it will be finalised or not remains to be seen. Atletico Madrid are also mooted to be interested in Martinez posing more competition for Tottenham.
Martinez, a necessary signing?
It is not surprising to see some of the top European sides vying to get their hands on Martinez. After all, he has been quite a performer for club and country, achieving many successes like the Scudetto and Copa America along the way. Hence, Man United could be looking to bring him in for their rebuild, parting ways with an underperforming star in the process.
What’s more, such a deal would also drive the asking price down, making it more feasible to sign the 24-year-old. That being said, we could potentially make a direct cash approach, considering how we had made a similar offer last summer only for the Nerazzurri to track back on the agreement.
However, it seems that we have shifted our priorities from the South American since there is confidence within the club that Harry Kane will stay at N17. Should Kane stay, there would be no reason for us to sign Martinez in the first place. While we need a striker in our squad, it would be a fallacy to expect the latter to accept a secondary role in the team.
What’s more, Antonio Conte has settled on a three-man attacking front, which means that changing the shape of the forward line would not make sense either. That means while we have maintained our interest in Martinez, our pursuit will purely depend on Kane’s future.
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That certainly is sensible since a high profile centre-forward signing like Martinez would not suit us at this moment. After all, we have several other areas like the defence, for example, which needs to be bolstered this summer.
Hence, it would not be much of a blow for us if we lose out on Martinez if Kane stays with us moving forward. That is the case even if Arsenal, who have reignited their interest in the Serie A attacker, would finalise a move for him in the future. However, we do hope that Atletico can lend us a hand and prevent our direct rivals from getting strengthened.