Lautaro Martinez is an ‘incredible talent’ says Shaka Hislop
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Inter Milan could still block the departure of Lautaro Martinez to Tottenham and the transfer is now hinging on whether the Serie A champions are prepared to let both of their star strikers leave the club in one transfer window. Tottenham have reportedly struck a £60million agreement with Inter for the Argentine, who could now be heading to north London in the coming days to finalise a move.
However, Chelsea are also complicating proceedings as they close in on Romelu Lukaku.
The Blues saw a bid of £97.5m accepted by Inter yesterday for their former frontman.
Lukaku is set to undergo a medical today as he prepares to return to the Premier League to spearhead Thomas Tuchel’s attack.
But it’s understood Inter are reluctant to let both Martinez and Lukaku leave in one transfer window.
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Football.london report that a deal was struck earlier this week before Chelsea had their bid accepted for the Belgian.
But that deal is way further down the line and is now on the verge of completion.
It means there’s still a chance Inter could step in and stop Martinez from sealing his £60m switch to Spurs.
Ultimately, any final decision will rest with the Inter board but given the club’s financial struggles, the Italian press have speculated that both could leave before the end of the transfer window to raise cash.
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Martinez could be set to follow his international teammate Cristian Romero to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The centre-back completed his initial loan to north London in midweek but he is set to sign permanently for £43m.
Spurs are still planning to keep Harry Kane though and he is not for sale by any stretch of imagination.
The England captain is expected to continue pushing for his move to the Etihad as the new Premier League season draws closer.
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Tottenham are said to have pushed for Martinez to play alongside Kane, as opposed to replacing him.
But, City will take some encouragement when their pursuit of Kane is concerned, if Martinez does arrive.
Nuno Espirito Santo and Fabio Paratici would then effectively have a replacement through the door if City did finally stump up the cash for Kane.
Spurs are also expected to sign a defender with Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu amongst potential options.
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