Report: Italian club ready to accept reduced fee for striker amid rumoured Spurs’ interest

Lautaro Martinez
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According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter Milan will consider an offer of around £51m for Tottenham target Lautaro Martinez this summer.

Spurs reportedly agreed on a €60m (£50.9m) fee with Inter for Martinez last summer but the deal fell through following Romelu Lukaku’s move to Chelsea, with the Serie A club no longer needing the funds from the Argentine’s sale (Football.London’s Alasdair Gold).

Martinez subsequently signed a new contract with Inter until 2026 but despite that, reports over recent weeks have indicated that the Nerazzurri are open to cashing in on the 24-year-old (TuttoSport).

The Times reported last week that the striker is valued at £60m-£70m by Inter, with Spurs north London rivals Arsenal also said to be keen on landing him.

Gazzetta have backed up the claim over the Gunners’ interest in Martinez, claiming that the Inter star could be the top target for Mikel Arteta’s side if they qualify for the Champions League.

However, the publication explains that due to the financial situation Inter currently finds themselves, they could accept an offer of just around £51m for the striker.

The report adds that Arsenal could face competition from Spurs for the Argentina international’s signature.

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We know that Paratici is a fan of Martinez, given that we bid for the forward last summer. Conte will also know the Argentine well, having worked with him for a couple of years at Inter.

However, the one reason I am not convinced that we will get Martinez is because of the fact that the likes of Arsenal and Man Utd are in more desperate need of a top-quality forward than we are.

So, I expect those clubs to push harder for the 24-year-old and potentially be willing to pay a bigger fee. On the other hand, I expect Spurs to use the majority of their budget on the wing-back, centre-back and midfield areas.

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