Tottenham's Lautaro dream ends as contract extension is near
Lautaro Martinez would be a fantastic player for Tottenham.
The Argentine was heavily linked with a move to the Lilywhites over the summer but is now close to agreeing a new contract at Inter Milan.
This will come as a blow to Spurs, who were reportedly close to agreeing a £60m deal for the player over the summer (Sky Sports).
Now, though, Fabrizio Romano has tweeted that the striker has turned down proposals from both Atletico Madrid and Spurs.
Lautaro has hit the ground running this season for Inter.
He has two in two in Serie A this season, off the back of scoring three goals in the Copa America over the summer (Transfermarkt).
He would have proven to be the perfect signing to bolster Spurs’ front line.
Martinez wasn’t the only forward that Tottenham were linked with, but he was certainly the pick of the bunch.
Now, though, it seems that Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici will miss out on their man.
His new deal will run until 2026 at the San Siro and Inter will be asking for bigger fee now.
It appears that after Romelu Lukaku was sold to Chelsea, Inter closed the door on any Lautaro exit.
In Harry Kane, Spurs already have a superb striker to lead their line.
Lautaro would have been the icing on the cake, though.
Now only would he have provided cover for the England captain, but he’d have given Spurs tactical fluidity.
Being able to switch between playing with one and two up front would certainly benefit Nuno Espirito Santo.
The extra legs up front would be useful for Spurs now, who face two games in four days this week.
Spurs may be able to get a striker in come January, but the door has firmly shut on Martinez.
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