Inter Milan starlet Martin Satriano, who was reportedly wanted by Tottenham and other Premier League clubs during the summer, was keen to continue his development at the San Siro, his agent has now revealed.
Satriano is rated very highly at Inter, with the striker having impressed at youth level since joining the club in January of last year.
The teenager managed 12 goals and five assists in 27 Primavera 1 games last season, as well as another two goals and an assist in two Coppa Primavera games (TransferMarkt).
The Daily Mail reported back in June that Tottenham were keen on snapping up the 19-year-old, who was also alleged to be interesting Arsenal and Everton.
It was suggested that the three clubs were looking to take advantage of Inter’s financial troubles and snap up the forward on a cut-price deal.
However, Satriano ended up staying put at Inter and the young striker has already been rewarded for his decision by new boss Simone Inzaghi, who handed him his first-team debut in the 4-0 win over Genoa last month.
Satriano’s agent, Nick Maytum, has now insisted that despite interest from several European clubs, his client was convinced he would get opportunities at Inter this season.
When asked why the striker turned down Premier League offers, Maytum told FC Inter News: “Because of the choice of Inzaghi.
“And because being part of an important project at a world-leading club like Inter Milan can be an opportunity to become a better player, even stronger.
“Italian and foreign (clubs wanted to sign him). We already knew it but (this is proof) the player is appreciated by many.
“(Inter) told us Satriano will have his opportunities. With so many games and three competitions to play, his time will come.”
Spurs Web Opinion
There has been a clear shift in Tottenham’s transfer strategy following the arrival of Fabio Paratici. We seem to have gone back to a strategy similar to the one we employed in the Martin Jol/Damien Comolli days, with the club now showing more willingness to take punts on younger talent.
That is evident from our acquisitions of Bryan Gil and Pape Matar Sarr, as well as our alleged pursuit of the likes of Illiax Moriba and Martin Satriano. While the strategy can be a bit hit-and-miss, I believe it is our best bet to close the gap with the likes of City, United and Chelsea, as we could potentially unearth a couple of gems.
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