Manchester City want Harry Kane this summer and the uncertainty around the striker’s future has forced Tottenham Hotspur to look for alternatives in the market.
Lautaro Martínez has been identified as one of the targets and Sky Italia state ‘there was no shortage of offers’ for the Inter Milan star.
Spurs, while waiting to sort out Kane’s future, ‘had proposed €90m’ to the Serie A winners 10 days ago, when the Nerazzurri were negotiating with Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku.
Inter decided to sell the 28-year-old [to the Blues] over the Argentina international because of Lukaku’s age. Martínez, for his part, has the desire to continue at the San Siro.
Sky’s claims are echoed by Calciomercato, as they state Tottenham ‘got serious’ for the South American last week.
Faced with the possibility of losing Kane to City, Fabio Paratici wanted to replace the England captain with the Copa América winner.
Spurs made an offer of a fixed fee of €80m and with bonuses included, the overall cost would have been ‘more than €90m’.
However, Inter said ‘no’ to the English club’s offer because Inter chairman Steven Zhang has no plans to sell any of their star players following Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi’s sale, and Antonio Conte’s exit.
Both Sky and Calciomercato state Simone Inzaghi’s side have scheduled an appointment with Martínez’s entourage in the next few days to extend his contract. The attacker’s current deal expires in 2023 and there’s a five-year deal already on the table.