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Tottenham agree £60m fee for Inter striker Lautaro Martinez, but with a HUGE caveat

GOOD MORNING!

FC Internazionale Training Session Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images

Good morning! According to a shock report from Gary Jacob at the Times of London, Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a £60m fee with Inter Milan for the transfer of Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez. Tottenham plan to play Martinez up front alongside Harry Kane, whom they still have no intention of selling.

Here at Carty Free Towers, I had few expectations for this morning past the final preseason friendly match, against Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. So, I’m going to be honest, this hasn’t quite hit me yet. But if you asked me to draw up a list of potential strikers available this summer who could replace Harry Kane (and yes, we have), Lautauro is pretty darn high up that list.

The 23-year old Martinez has been Romelu Lukaku’s partner at Inter for the past two seasons and the two have been one of the best strike partnerships in Europe during that time. Lautaro has scored 31 goals and tallied nine assists during that time. His stats are eye-popping. He’s young and has an incredible ceiling. In short, he’s perfect.

Also, did I mention he’s highly coveted by Arsenal? Yeah, there’s that too.

However, there’s a catch, and it’s a big one. Fabrizio Romano corroborates the Times report, but notes that the agreement with Inter was made BEFORE Chelsea started sniffing around Romelu Lukaku. Now that Lukaku is heading back to London for a fee north of £100m, there’s active resistance to selling both Martinez and Lukaku in the same window. In short, they don’t want to let him go.

So it’s probably not that simple, but let’s pretend for a second that it is. Where’s the money coming from, especially in a COVID struggle-finance year and after Spurs have already spent €50m on Cristian Romero? Well, there are a couple of options.

  1. Tottenham are selling Harry Kane (no matter what they say) and are pre-spending the proceeds
  2. The rumors of the new stadium sponsorship deal coming soon are accurate
  3. Spurs just have more money than anyone though (or found some change in the couch cushions)
  4. Uncle Joe sold a painting

Every player has his price, and it’s looking like Lautaro’s price may now be higher than what Spurs thought it was. That doesn’t meant that he’s NOT coming, but it does cast some serious questions over what was a half an hour ago a super exciting bit of news. Lautaro Martinez is an AMAZING signing. For now, let’s hold on to the hope that it continues to be such.