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Arsenal or Spurs to sign Lautaro Martinez? Transfer fees, wages, stats for Inter Milan striker

Inter Milan could face another summer of big-name exits in 2022 with star striker Lautaro Martinez reportedly attracting interest from Premier League pair Arsenal and Tottenham.

The Serie A giants lost Mauro Icardi to PSG ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, before Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi left last summer, although Antonio Conte led them to a first Scudetto title in addition to ‘a decade.

Conte has followed his star names out the door, and although he remains in contention to defend his title in 2021-22, Martinez could lead another exodus, should the club need to balance the books.

The Argentine is currently tied to the San Siro club until 2026, with a previous release clause removed from his contract, but Inter could be open to offers in excess of £70m ($92m) , according to reports.

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Who is Lautaro Martinez?

Martinez joined Inter Milan in 2018 after coming through the ranks at Racing Club de Avellaneda in Argentina and completing the £19m ($25m) transfer on a five-year deal.

He played a pivotal role in his first season, under Luciano Spalletti, with six league goals in 2018-19 as he found his feet in Italy.

However, the arrival of Antonio Conte and Romelu Lukaku ahead of 2019/20 changed everything for Martinez, as the new boss switched to a two-man attack, with the new duo of Lukaku and Montero scoring 55 goals in all competitions .

Although their total number dropped to a combined 49, Martinez’s tally in Serie A rose from 14 to 17 as Conte’s charges ripped through the form book and won the title.

Since Lukaku transferred to Chelsea in the summer of 2021, Edin Dzeko has since stepped into the role of Lukaku in 2021/22, with him and Martinez on 16 league goals each so far, but the sensation is that of Martinez looking for a new challenge, if Inter defend their title.

What is Lautaro Martinez’s record at Inter Milan?

Despite being considered the main striker’s sidekick in his time at Milan, Martinez’s goalscoring ratio remained excellent regardless of his partner.

His strongest form has come alongside Lukaku, but his production since the Belgian’s exit has demonstrated his ability to take on the burden of the main goal.

Lautaro Martinez’s Inter Milan stats
Serie A appearances (starters/substitutes) Goals / Assists in Serie A Italian Cup appearances Italian Cup goals Champions League/Europa League appearances Champions League/Europa League goals
2018/19 27 (13/14) 6/2 2 2 3CL/3EL 1**
2019/20 35 (29/6) 3/14 3 0 6CL/ 5EL 5*** 2**
2020/21 38 (30/8) 6/17 4 1 6 cl 1***
2021/22* 28 (22/6) 2/14 3 0 8 cl 1***

*Data correct as of 04/04/2022

** Data refer to Europa League competition

*** Data refer to Champions League competition

Match made in heaven? How has Lautaro Martinez adapted since Romelu Lukaku’s exit?

Two seasons together created Serie A’s greatest bromance, as Martinez and Lukaku fit right into Conte’s system, with a second-place finish in 2020 enhanced by a title win in 2021.

Conte and Lukaku’s double exit sent ripples through the club with huge fan frustration over the financial mismanagement that forced their respective departures.

Lukaku has made no secret of his appreciation for his former strike partner, with hints growing that he wants to return to Inter, after struggling to catch fire at Chelsea, but Martinez has much better suited his old pal.

His goal tally has remained solid and he has assisted just two Serie A goals for Lukaku en route to the Serie A title in 2021, with Lukaku returning the favor four times.

Dzeko has assisted two league goals for Martinez in 2021/22, and although he doesn’t have the same chemistry as Lukaku, he makes similar runs behind, to ensure Martinez takes advantage of the space he has. needed and provides a better aerial target.

What are Lautaro Martinez’s main strengths and style of play?

Martinez is at his best playing alongside a designated hitting partner, as opposed to a three-man attack, with fluidity in position changes.

Lukaku’s ability to shoot wide and Dzeko’s selflessness in keeping defenders busy allows Martinez to link up in midfield and work with his partner up top.

Hard work and the ability to get into the box and finish effectively are Martinez’s main strengths, with the outstanding stat of his 14 Serie A goals this season coming from inside the penalty area showing his instincts of a poacher.

How much would Lautaro Martinez cost? Should Inter Milan sell?

Martinez was linked with Barcelona in the summer of 2021, after his previous £98m ($128m) release clause fell to £70m ($92m) in June, but the Catalans were prevented from moving due to their own financial crisis.

Inter quickly tied him to a new long-term deal in October, with no exit clause, and the new contract lasts until the end of the 2025/26 season.

His new price is set at around £70m ($92m), and despite Inter’s increased coffers they are still open to at least one star sale this summer, but without the desperation. surrounding Lukaku’s exit.

Martinez’s current salary is estimated to be around £5 million a year]($6.5 million), with a weekly salary of £95,000 ($125,000), according to Forbes reports.

How would Lautaro Martinez fit in at Arsenal?

Mikel Arteta’s push into the top four with Arsenal relies on the developing talents of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli, as well as the experience of Alexandre Lacazette.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s January stint at Barcelona boosted Arteta’s confidence in youth, but Lacazette remains key as a central point.

However, the Frenchman’s future in north London is unclear, due to his contract expiring in June.

If Lacazette stays, it’s unlikely there will be room for Martinez in Arteta’s plans but, even if he leaves, Martinez’s skillset of working with a main striker, rather than in a unit fluid attack, don’t seem to fit Arteta’s brief.

How would Lautaro Martinez fit in at Spurs?

A potential move to Tottenham for Martinez also hinges on their current centre-forward with Harry Kane back in the showcase.

Kane’s failed move to Manchester City last summer saw the England star struggle to get into his groove in 2021/22, but the England skipper has returned to top form in recent weeks.

If Kane were to leave, Martinez could be a replacement option, but not a direct swap for No.10 Spurs.

Harry Kane celebrates one of his two goals against Manchester City at the Etihad

However, the space-exploiting runs of Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski would work better than Arsenal’s structure, with Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon providing the crosses in the box it feeds on.