North London giants Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly have to pay at least €80 million to sign Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez.
According to Calciomercato, Premier League clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have shown interest in Lautaro Martinez, but Inter Milan will not let him go easily. The Serie A giants are holding out for at least €80 million to allow the Argentine attacking sensation to leave this summer.
Lautaro Martinez moved to Inter Milan from Racing Club in the 2018 summer window for €25 million. Now one of the most important players for the Serie A club, the forward took a season to settle down at San Siro before hitting his strides in the 2019/20 season.
After scoring six league goals in his debut season with the club, Martinez more than doubled his tally the next term, netting 14 goals in Serie A. He also scored five goals in the UEFA Champions League that season to show that he belongs to the biggest stage.
The Argentine continued his goal-scoring form even with Romelu Lukaku in the side. The Nerazzurri romped to the 2020/21 league title, with Martinez scoring 17 times and assisting 10 goals in the league. And with Lukaku rejoining Chelsea last summer, the 24-year-old has once again taken the goal-scoring burden for Inter, scoring 14 goals in 28 league matches this season.
His form in Italy has alerted clubs all across Europe, with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur being two of them. The Argentine attacking sensation signed a new deal with Inter Milan last year which extended his stay with the club until 2026, so he will not come cheap. But the two north London outfits are desperate to add attacking firepower this summer.
The Gunners allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave for Barcelona in the winter transfer window. Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal contract is set to run out after the ongoing season. Mikel Arteta is thus keen to add a world-class striker to his squad this summer, but he might have to shell out €80 million for that.
Martinez flourished under Antonio Conte at Inter, and the current Tottenham boss is said to be keen on a reunion. Spurs could finally lose Harry Kane this summer, with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United interested. And they will need a top-class striker to replace the England captain. Whether Arsenal and Tottenham are ready to meet Inter’s demands remains to be seen.