The big news from Sunday, other than Tottenham’s 1-0 preseason North London Derby win over Arsenal, was the shock news that Spurs had had a £60m fee agreed for Lautaro Martinez last week, only for Inter to pull back after Chelsea swooped in for Romelu Lukaku. That’s pumped the brakes a bit on the possibility of the Argentine striker coming to join his international teammates Cristian Romero and Gio Lo Celso.
Martinez’s agent, Alejandro Camano, also tried to calm down the excitement, releasing a statement that, according to Argentine outlet TyC (via InterNews.it), says Lautaro is perfectly happy at Inter and does not want to leave.
“Lautaro Martinez is happy at Inter and in Italy. His decision is to stay. The relationship with Inter is perfect. Lautaro Martinez is calm. Yes, it is true that there were offers, but today he is fine and we will sit down to talk about the future.”
I totally get that Inter is not keen on losing both of their starting strikers in one window. That’d really suck for them! That said, after the frenzy of this morning, I am not sure that the idea of Martinez coming to Tottenham is dead in the water. Fabrizio Romano is also reporting that Spurs submitted another offer of €70m for Martinez a few days ago.
Tottenham opened talks days ago for Lautaro Martinez offering €70m, also Atletico asked for Lautaro. He’s a real target for Spurs - Inter now say they’ve no intention to sell him this summer. #THFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 8, 2021
After selling Lukaku to Chelsea, Inter plan is to keep Lautaro Martinez.
Despite what Spurs are saying publicly — that they would like to start Martinez AND Harry Kane together — I think they’d be perfectly happy with Martinez and £160m in proceeds from Manchester City. Lautaro is a very different kind of striker from Kane, more of the run in from behind kind of attacker, but he’s extremely good and young. You understand why Spurs like him so much and why he’d command such a fee.
And despite what his agent, or Inter, says, I don’t think for one minute that this is over. In fact, this has more of the feel of a negotiation than a shutdown. Guess we’ll find out over the coming days.