Inter forward Lautaro Martinez’s agent has distanced the striker from a move to the Premier League amid rumoured interest from north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal.
Reports emerged on Sunday claiming Spurs had agreed a £60million fee with Inter for the Argentine, with the Serie A champions under pressure to sell some of their star players this summer.
However, Chelsea’s impending £97.5m deal for Romelu Lukaku – coupled with Achraf Hakimi’s earlier move to PSG – means Inter are no longer in such dire straits.
That has already potentially torpedoed Tottenham and Arsenal’s hopes of prising Martinez away, and now it appears the player himself would rather stay in Milan than move to north London.
Speaking to TyC Sports, Martinez’s agent, Alejandro Camano, said: ‘Lautaro is happy at Inter and in Italy. His decision is to stay.’
In a further interview with FC Inter 1908, he was also asked about Spurs’ bid, adding: ‘He is never going to have a fight with Inter to leave the club. Never.
‘Lautaro is an Inter player and he’s happy in Italy.’
The news is a blow for Spurs, though their move for Martinez was born out of opportunism after it became clear that Inter needed to raise money through player sales – though Lukaku’s looming transfer has removed that problem.
Spurs wanted Martinez to play alongside wantaway striker Harry Kane and he was not viewed as a replacement for the Manchester City forward.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have been looking to strengthen their attack for some time, with Alexandre Lacazette – who only has one year left on his contract – and Eddie Nketiah both linked with moves away this summer.
Both clubs have been linked with another Serie A frontman, Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic, and talks for the Serbian striker could now ramp up if Martinez is off the table.
Spurs have already raided Italy twice this summer, signing Martinez’s Argentina teammate Cristian Romero as well as Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, while they also signed exciting Spanish winger Bryan Gil from Sevilla.
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