Romano: Tottenham Hotspur were willing to pay €65m for Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez
As it turned out, the Argentina international stayed put in Milan while his partner in crime, Romelu Lukaku, left for Chelsea. However, Spurs were willing to part with €65m for the brilliant striker. Romano said:
“I’m told that the biggest proposals for Lautaro Martinez arrived in the summer of 2021. Tottenham and Atletico Madrid were interested, with Spurs prepared to offer more than €65m.”
The summer of 2021 was a tough time to be a Spurs fan. The club had missed out on UEFA Champions League football for the 2021-22 season and Harry Kane was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City.
There was no Richarlison to have our backs in case the Englishman left, as well. It can’t be said for sure if Spurs planned to partner Martinez with Kane or if the former was the replacement for the latter.
Nevertheless, it’s a move that didn’t happen. Kane is with us while Martinez has apparently extended his deal. According to Romano, the 25-year-old striker is happy at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium. He has scored just thrice in 11 club games across competitions this season.
“However, Martinez wanted to stay at Inter Milan and recently extended his contract with the club. For 2023, we will see. He’s still very happy at Inter Milan and the project at the club.”
Spurs have spent a good amount of money to sign Richarlison from Everton this summer – £60m to be precise. He has been very good for us so far this season and there can really be no regrets about missing out on Martinez.
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It remains to be seen if Spurs ever revisit their interest in the Inter Milan sensation. Harry Kane’s contract, by the way, is set to expire in the summer of 2024.