Inter Milan have reportedly halted talks with Tottenham Hotspur over Lautaro Martinez’s proposed switch to the Premier League after sanctioning Romelu Lukaku’s move to Chelsea.
According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Inter and Tottenham have been locked in negotiations for Martinez’s blockbuster €70m transfer to the Premier League.
Despite ending Juventus’ nine-year reign of dominance in Italy in 2020/21, the reigning Serie A champions are facing financial turmoil that threatens to tear the title-winning generation apart.
The Nerazzurri green-lighted Achraf Hakimi’s big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the summer in a desperate bid to balance the books and comply with the financial fair play.
Although it seemed like the Moroccan’s departure could be enough for Inter to settle their debt, it soon turned out to be a delusion.
Inter fans were long safe and sound in their thoughts that the club will do everything in their power to keep hold of the all-star attacking duo, Lukaku and Martinez.
Even the club CEO Beppe Marotta reassured the Nerazzurri faithful they won’t be selling the Belgium international this summer.
Well, fast forward a couple of weeks, Lukaku is on the verge of returning to Chelsea in a mouth-watering €115m deal.
Inter’s decision to allow their headline performer to leave only a couple of months after leading the team’s imperious title charge has left the club supporters fuming.
The agony doesn’t look to be coming to a close anytime soon as the Italians opened talks with Tottenham over Martinez’s move overseas a few days ago.
Now, they have again provided guarantees that they won’t be selling the Argentine striker in the wake of Lukaku’s departure. But is this Inter board really to be trusted after what they did a couple of days ago?
The only certainty is that the Chinese owners are running out of funds and ideas. The very decision to give up the two players that were the pillars of Antonio Conte’s long-awaited domestic success this past season is hardly inspiring.
Inter’s idea of replacing one of the deadliest strikers in Europe’s top-five divisions with Roma’s Edin Dzeko is an insult to injury.
With all due respect to the Bosnian marksman and his career achievements, his last season’s medical record clearly indicates he is not the material to fill the void left by Lukaku’s impending departure.
Let’s face it, Dzeko is already 35 and well past his prime, while Inter gave up the Belgian beast at his peak power. A shortage of funds is as obvious as a lack of planning, which has started to infuriate the fans.
At this point, defending the league title looks far-fetched, let alone improbable.
As for Tottenham, they are on the hunt for a prolific goalscorer to help out Harry Kane and Son Heung-min next term.
Moreover, Spurs are still fighting tooth and nail to fend off Manchester City’s assaults on Kane, who seems poised to leave London for pastures news.
Despite his illustrious individual career, the England captain does not have a single piece of silverware to back his eye-catching personal accolades.
So it comes as no surprise that he wants to team up with Pep Guardiola’s side. Yet, Spurs bigwig Daniel Levy continues to play hardball on his standout performer’s price tag.
Determined to retain Kane, Levy has made it abundantly clear his departure could only be possible in case of a world-record transfer fee.
After splashing out £100m to capture the signature of Jack Grealish, Man City’s budget is running thin, meaning they can hardly agree to Levy’s terms.
However, Kane’s growing desire to win trophies could sway things in City’s favor as we approach the final stage of the transfer window.
If Kane does end up leaving Tottenham for the Etihad outfit, Martinez’s arrival could be back in fashion despite Inter’s alleged firm stance on their second-best player.