Romano claims Inter want release clause taken out of Lautaro Martinez contract after Spurs links
Fabrizio Romano has claimed on The Here We Go Podcast that Inter Milan want a release clause taken out of the contract Lautaro Martinez is ready to sign after a summer in which the striker attracted a £77.4 million bid from Spurs.
Martinez was one of the names to keep an eye on during the window. And it appeared that he may be Premier League bound.
He was linked with Arsenal. But it then appeared that Tottenham may be closing in on a deal. The Times noted that they were in talks.
Ultimately, Martinez stayed at San Siro. And Romano has suggested that he is about to sign a new contract as he provided some insight into Spurs’ pursuit of the Argentinian.
“Tottenham made a proposal for €70 million plus €20 million add-ons. Inter were absolutely not prepared to sell Lautaro Martinez because this proposal from Tottenham was after they sold Romelu Lukaku,” he told The Here We Go Podcast.
“From what I’m told, Lautaro Martinez also wanted to stay. He was not so tempted because he wants to play Champions League football.
“It will be a five year contract. They are also working to remove the release clause, because he had a release clause available only in the first 15 days of July for €111 million.”
Martinez stance highlights challenge Spurs face without Champions League football as new contract nears
Judging by Romano’s comments, Martinez may have found a decision tougher had Tottenham been in the Champions League this season.
Admittedly, that is not the only hurdle Spurs faced. As Romano suggests, Inter had less need to sell once Lukaku left.
But the forward’s stance does highlight just how important getting back into the top four could be for Spurs.
It potentially opens the door for more marquee deals to be done. They should certainly find it easier to attract names of Martinez’s stature.
The 24-year-old is one of the most exciting forwards playing in Europe. And alongside Harry Kane, he could have been absolutely devastating.
Spurs had the funds to do the deal – Romano hints Inter’s asking price would have been around £77.4 million, but in one go.
But convincing the player to make the move clearly would have been an issue had Tottenham got close enough.
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