Tottenham have reportedly agreed a £60m+ fee with Inter Milan for Lautaro Martinez and, with Arsenal also linked with a move for the forward, will they make an offer, too?
Not that long ago, it was said to be fanciful that Arsenal and Tottenham were interested in Lautaro Martinez, yet, here we are. With three weeks of the window left, Spurs have reportedly agreed a fee ‘in excess’ of £60m with Inter Milan for the man who scored 17 Serie A goals, with 10 assists, in 38 games, according to the Sunday Times.
Spurs insist that Martinez will come to Tottenham to play with Harry Kane, rather than to replace him, but Harry Kane doesn’t seem to have any intention of that being the case. Despite saying he didn’t refuse to train, the Daily Mail report that Tottenham are still wondering why, then, Kane failed to report for pre-season training when he was meant to.
At the start of August, Martinez was said to be interested in a move to Arsenal and, even without European football, they are still a more attractive draw than Spurs. David Ornstein has confirmed Arsenal’s interest in the 23-year-old, with Alexandre Lacazette mentioned as part of any possible deal. The Athletic also suggested that Martinez would be interested in a move to Arsenal if a deal could be found. Hector Bellerin has also been mentioned with the Spaniard said to have already found a deal with the Italians, while the clubs struggle over the deal.
Still, despite all that, there have been no reports of Arsenal making an official bid. It’s all been talk of enquires. Will they move now to try and snatch Martinez from Tottenham’s hands or will they turn their attention elsewhere?
Inter have also agreed a £97.5m fee with Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku and, while the Italians are known to have financial issues, I did wonder about them agreeing to sell both players in this window. Then I read in the Mail, “An exit for Martinez would be damning for a squad that won Inter their first title since 2010. That group is rapidly disintegrating, however.
“Key right back Achraf Hakimi has joined Paris-Saint Germain while Romelu Lukaku is set to join Chelsea in a £98m deal. Coach Antonio Conte has already left and the club is believed to be close to financial ruin which is triggering mass sales.”
Will Arsenal now put their money where their enquiries went? If they plan to, they will have to move quickly, so we should find out sooner rather than later.