Lautaro Martinez appears to be heading to Tottenham after
the north London giants agreed a club-record fee with Inter
Milan for his signing. That’s a major blow to Arsenal, who
had been hoping to land the Argentina international instead.
And it’ll be curious to see how he fares in the capital if, as
expected, this deal goes ahead.The Times have claimed Tottenham have agreed a club-
record fee for the signing of Martinez.He’s poised to join for an initial £60million, though the
overall price could rise to a huge £76m if bonuses are
For Tottenham, it represents a major statement of intent.
Regardless of what happens with Harry Kane, this is a major
And Martinez’s previous comments over his future now
make for interesting reading.Speaking in June, he made it clear he was focused on the
upcoming campaign and wanted to win ‘everything’,
meaning he must have been enticed by what Tottenham
have put on the table.“Now a new season begins
and then there will be the
World Cup. I don’t want to
limit myself, I want to win
everything,” he said.
“I want to finish my career at
Liniers – I will try to convince
my wife.“The alternative is to return to Racing, but in football it is
difficult to make promises.”For Inter, the imminent departure of Martinez to Tottenham
represents another blow ahead of the new Serie A season.
Simone Inzaghi’s side have already lost Achraf Hakimi to
Paris Saint-Germain, with the right-back moving to the Parc
des Princes for £60m.And Romelu Lukaku is poised
to join Chelsea.
The Blues have agreed a fee
with Inter and the Belgium
international will undergo his
medical imminently ahead of
his return to Stamford Bridge.
While Tottenham are close to
landing Martinez, however, it
recently emerged that he was
tempted to join Arsenal.
The Gunners are seeking an
upgrade on Alexandre Lacazette as they target an improved
Premier League campaign next time out, having finished
eighth last term.
And Eurosport’s Dean Jones recently claimed the Gunners
were eyeing a deal.
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over here to find out more and secure your copy.“Now Lautaro,” Jones said.
“Now I had reservations about this from the start because I
thought, like most people, why would Lautaro Martinez
having just won Serie A and being one of the best young
strikers in the world go and join Arsenal?
“So I’ve asked that question. And basically he wants to
come to the Premier League, first of all, and he sees
Arsenal – if that’s the club – to be a place where he can
“And if he can do well for Arsenal, who knows where
that’ll lead to him next?
“At the moment, the reason Arsenal are in pole position for
him is because they basically have a free run at him.“There hasn’t been any contact from other clubs for
“Personally I think Lautaro Martinez should be playing at
Man City or somewhere, he’s so good. But those clubs
aren’t in for him at the moment.”
Arsenal may now try and hijack Tottenham’s deal.
And, regardless of what happens, all signs point to the Inter
Milan star moving to north London this summer.