Manchester City need to swoop for Lautaro Martinez following Inter Milan turmoil – TBR View
The summer transfer window is just around the corner. Yet the news stealing all the headlines in recent days is that of managerial appointments and departures.
In the past seven days, Zinedine Zidane has left Real Madrid, Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a return to Tottenham as reported by the Athletic, and Massimiliano Allegri is set to return to Juventus according to Fabrizio Romano.
Bedlum in Milan
And it was Inter Milan who kick-started this crazy streak of news. On Tuesday, Antonio Conte, who had led the club to their first league title in over ten years, had left.
As reported by Gazette dello Sport, the main reason behind this sudden departure was due to financial reasons. Inter need to sell over €80m worth of players this summer in order to balance the books.Embed from Getty Images
The news dropped like an atom bomb in the world of football. Yet it also could open the door for clubs to pounce on Inter for some of their prized players, and for Manchester City, that name could be Lautaro Martinez.
The heir to Aguero’s Manchester throne
The 23-year-old was a key reason behind Inter’s title win this season. The Argentina international bagged 17 goals and registered ten assists for the Nerazzurri, and formed one of the best striking partnerships alongside Romelu Lukaku in the process.
Martinez’s name has been plugged when discussing potential strikers that City could sign this summer. And recent events in Italy could open the door for Pep Guardiola’s side to lure the centre-forward to the Etihad.
The Premier League champions will likely search for a new striker this summer with Sergio Aguero playing his last ever game for City this weekend. And Martinez fits the profile perfectly for what the Manchester club are looking for.
The former Racing Club star is a lethal finisher with an excellent shooting technique, as well as an intelligent attacker. Martinez’s main strength comes in using the open space around him to exploit areas inside the opponent’s final third to create chances for both himself and his teammates.
Although City flourished without a recognised striker for most of the season, signing Martinez will offer Guardiola’s side an attacking insurance that isn’t guaranteed with the likes of Raheem Sterling or Gabriel Jesus.
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