Sources: Major update on Tottenham bid to sign Martinez after late-night talks
Tottenham are still working on a deal to sign Lautaro Martinez despite reports Inter Milan will not sell him as well as Romelu Lukaku, Football Insider can reveal.
Spurs have held talks with the Serie A champions over the Argentina striker, 23, and have been given encouragement a transfer can be agreed this month.
But Inter fans are up in arms about the prospect of Martinez following Chelsea-bound Lukaku to the Premier League.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Spurs remain in contact with Martinez’s camp over a deal and remain hopeful after their latest talks last night.
The Londoners have targeted the Argentine as an A-list replacement for Harry Kane should he get his wish in engineering a move, most likely to Man City, ahead of the 31 August cut-off.
Tottenham have other striker targets, including Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic, but Martinez is most highly regarded.
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Spurs have been encouraged that Martinez is keen to move to the Premier League, is out of contract in the summer of 2023 and is believed to be on a lower-paid deal that Serie A’s top attackers.
They are wary his representatives could use their interest to force Inter into offering the Argentine an improved contract.
But Spurs managing director Fabio Paratici will continue to try to convince Martinez to move.
He is also well aware that Inter are strapped for cash and could have to offload another of their leading stars.
The recently-crowned champions have already sold right-back Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint-Germain this summer in a deal worth over £60m and are on the verge of selling Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea for £97.5m.
Martinez has been targeted on the back of three outstanding seasons at Inter, where he has developed into one of the Italian league’s top attackers.