Nuno refuses to respond to a question about Lautaro Martinez’s transfer since “fee agreed.”
Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan has reportedly agreed to join Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham won a pre-season north London rivalry 1-0 on Sunday, with Son Heung-min scoring the game’s only goal. Nuno Espirito Santo was, naturally, asked about Tottenham’s latest links with Inter Milan attacker Lautaro Martinez after the game.
Martinez is expected to cost Spurs more than £60 million this summer, according to The Times.
Nuno is expected to start him alongside Harry Kane in an intriguing new-look attacking line-up that also includes Sunday’s match-winner Son.
Spurs appear to have beaten Arsenal not only on the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but also in the battle to recruit the 23-year-old Argentine.
After Pierluigi Gollini, Bryan Gil, and Cristian Romero, he would be Nuno’s fourth signing since his arrival.
Nuno was quizzed by the media after Sunday’s friendly on the possibility of Martinez joining Spurs this summer.
However, the club’s new head coach made it plain that he would only speak to the media about his players.
“I will not speak about any player,” he stated. I’m only going to talk about my players, Tottenham’s players.”
It’s typical for managers to downplay transfer rumors during a drama, so Nuno’s response isn’t surprising.
Despite speculations in England that Martinez was on the verge of joining Spurs, Martinez’s representative has now stated that this is not the case.
Martinez has opted to continue at the San Siro for the 2021/21 season, he told Italian media on Sunday.
“Lautaro is delighted at Inter and in Italy,” he stated. He has made the decision to remain.
“He’ll never have a fight with Inter over leaving the club. Never. Lautaro plays for Inter and is content in Italy.”
It would be interesting to see how this transfer saga unfolds in the context of Inter’s financial troubles, which led to manager Antonio Conte’s departure at the end of last season.
Many believed that because Romelu Lukaku is set to return to Chelsea for £97.5 million, the Serie A champions wouldn’t need to trade Martinez as well.
However, there appears to be a lot of interest in the Argentina international, particularly from north London.
It will certainly become obvious in the coming days whether the move is as close as The New York Times claims.