€80M asking price set as Tottenham set to rival Arsenal for strike-target

Reports in Spain are claiming that Inter Milan have set their asking price at €80 Million for Lautaro Martinez this summer, with Tottenham the latest name to be linked with rivalling Arsenal’s attempts to sign him.

The Argentine helped the Nerazzurri to win their first Serie A title in over a decade last season, before their financial situation was highlighted, with manager Antonio Conte amongst those to be offloaded in favour of cheaper alternatives.

Achraf Hakimi has already departed for Paris Saint-Germain for a sizeable fee, but the club are still believed to be in need of further boosts to their coffers, and that could well come from selling Lautaro.

Arsenal are claimed to be keen on his signature, with some reports claiming we would be willing to offer a player-plus-cash offer to land the 23 year-old, but MundoDeportivo(via the Express) insists that they are only interested in a straight-cash deal, with €80 Million set as the asking price.

L’Interista claims that Spurs are expected to consider Martinez with Harry Kane believed to be pushing for a move, with reports today claiming that the striker has refused to turn up to training.

The England international is claimed to have told Daniel Levi in May that he wishes to move on, but so far no transfer has been arranged for the striker.

Will Arsenal sanction a deal for around £60-65 Million for Martinez? Would we need to offload certain players before even considering moving forward with such a deal?

Patrick

Tags Harry Kane Lautaro Martinez

15 Comments

  1. Shine says:

    Dun Totts have their own scouting network? Being lazy.

    Seems they are interested in Arsenals whole bunch of players are after.

    1. Goonerphil says:

      Haha you’re joking right??

  2. Ken says:

    Since Auba can player as winger then we only have lacazette as a striker then no need to sell to bring in Martinez just bring him to assist lacazette

  3. Peter sumuni says:

    I think he’s classical and Edu should sign him this summer.

  4. RSH says:

    nketiah, laca need to be sold to make room, who’s buying tho? Also, he’s more of a second striker, dodgy finishing at times. Dont think he’s worth all that money. Put the effort and cash towards Maddison/RB/CM. Running out of time, tick tock.

    1. RSH says:

      Arsenal should have Bissouma on the line right now honestly. 🤣. Hopefully we’ve moved on from locatelli and aren’t foolish enough to really think xhaka as a starter is good enough.

      1. Durand says:

        Most can see how Xhaka slows down transitions through the midfield.

        He is poor and rash as a DM, too slow and lacks technique to be a B2B, and lacks the creativity and final ball to be an AM.

        Just look at his stats with 3 different managers and their 3 different tactics.

        Doesn’t matter who his partner is, the midfield continues to be a weak spot going on 5 years now.

        There is a reason no top clubs or any clubs really are interested in his services.

        So Arteta and Edu do typical Arsenal thing, extend contract and over pay a mediocre player.

        1. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

          Durand, once again a sensible and well-reasoned critique of our Swiss miss…it just doesn’t seem to matter to some, as they can’t seem to grasp the facts of the matter whether it comes in a concise and neatly-packaged form, like your usual offerings, or in an impassioned and oft-times biting appraisal, such as I’m prone to deliver

          I’ve even gone so far as to adopt a more “warm and fuzzy” approach by actually stating that I think he has something to offer, under the right set of circumstances…of course, those “circumstances” clearly don’t exist in the PL, as it presently stands, but even that doesn’t appease those who can’t seem to come to terms with the seemingly obvious negative implications of his presence here

          I can’t even fathom the notion of offering up an extended deal to this albatross of an option…based on recent history, I can see us doing this as some sort of late window misguided ploy, only to big stuck holding the bag on another player who will stifle our offensive output, negatively impact the development of our more youthful prospects and be infinitely more difficult to move with each passing window

  5. koox says:

    Xhaka does not play all positions in the field so letus don’t blame him only,the whole team isn’t good we need players who will boost the team in the names of matinez,locatelli,Ruben nevez and Emiliano bring him back to provide competition in goal keeping department ,pliz my fellow fans we need acomplete team which will bring us joy and trophies.

  6. 03 gooner says:

    Fabrizio Romano
    @FabrizioRomano
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    44m
    Granit Xhaka is expected to sign his new contract with Arsenal until June 2025 – final details still to be agreed, Granit open to discuss as he’s not joining AS Roma this summer. #AFC

  7. gunnerforlife says:

    Instead of spending 80 million on Martinez, get Bissouma+Aouar or Bissouma+Pereira, a RB in the form of Aarons and a GK.

  8. Sue says:

    Initial prognosis on Thomas Partey’s injury is that he’s expected to miss the first couple of games of the season.
    (Chris Wheatley)

    Sigh…

  9. Apangu iddi amin says:

    If we want to first sell then the strikers will start beating around the bush, so we have to buy and create more competition so that some of them who have no future will request for transfer and we do business.

  10. gunnerforlife says:

    Good news at the TP front, thankfully.

  11. Break-on-through says:

    I like the look of Martinez, as he reminds me of Aguero.

    Some are likening him with Alexis, and I can see that too, because of his dribbling and his off-ball tenacity to get stuck in. For me he moves like Aguero tho.

    I wonder if he can play on his own, he’s said to be rounded, and he is good with his head despite the height disadvantage. He might be able to play lone striker ..so long as Saka, Smith, and Pepe are on a similar wavelength with the young lad.

    I prefer him (Martinez) over Lacazette.
    And hypothetically speaking ..I’d see him as the future when replacing Auba, his goals. “Possibly” ..it could happen (overtake) sooner if Auba doesn’t shake it off and get back to scoring. I don’t believe that another striker signing would hinder our young guns route/playing time, because of the age differences ..I believe a good manager could/should do some smart recruiting/planning with an eye on the future as well as the present.

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