Tottenham ‘join Arsenal in the race to sign Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez with Antonio Conte keen to strengthen his attack and reunite with £67m rated Argentine international’
- Tottenham have joined the race to sign Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez
- Spurs could challenge Arsenal for the 24-year-old in the summer window
- Antonio Conte is keen to reunite with the player he coached at Inter Milan
Their North London rivals Arsenal have recently been linked with a move for the 24-year-old Argentine international.
Both clubs are in the market for a new centre forward come the end of the season and are eyeing up candidates ahead of a potential Champions League campaign.
Tottenham are interested in signing Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez this summer
Italian publication CalcioMercato have reported that Tottenham are set to battle it out with their local rivals for the Argentine’s signature.
It’s said that manager Antonio Conte has prepared a list of potential targets to managing director Fabio Paratici.
That list is believed to include Martinez, but it would require a club-record fee with the reigning Serie A champions wanting at least £67million for their man.
Antonio Conte previously worked with Martinez before he left Inter Milan last summer
Conte previously worked with the forward up until his departure from Inter Milan at the end of last summer.
The Italian manager guided Inter to the Serie A title before his exit from the club, with Martinez helping the cause by scoring 17 goals as he formed a prolific partnership with now Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.
Martinez has carried that form into the season, scoring 14 goals in 28 appearances for a side that are challenging for the title alongside AC Milan and Napoli.
There is also interest outside of the Premier League for Martinez, with Atletico Madrid believed to be keen.
Should Spurs sign Martinez, it would provide extra competition up front, with Harry Kane the club’s only genuine No 9 at present.
Arsenal are also keen due to Alexandre Lacazette (pictured) and Eddie Nketiah being in the final few months of their contracts, potentially leaving the club without any strikers
Martinez is contracted at Inter Milan until 2026, though the club could be willing to let him go if their valuation is met.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are in desperate need of an additional striker as Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are the only recognised centre forwards at the club following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s departure.
Arsenal are yet to replace Aubameyang while Lacazette and Nketiah could leave this summer as their contracts at the Emirates Stadium run out at the end of the season.
Departing Juventus star Paulo Dybala is another option for the Gunners, though Inter Milan are also believed to be interested.