Tottenham: 'They'll consider it' - Conte and Paratici 'big fans' of £67m target

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte is a ‘big fan’ of Lautaro Martinez and may seek a reunion with the Inter Milan striker, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Conte was handed the managerial reins at Spurs last November and could freshen up his squad when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

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According to Calciomercato, via The Spurs Web, Conte has ordered managing director Fabio Paratici to persuade Martinez into heading to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The same Italian media outlet has revealed the north Londoners will be forced to battle it out for the frontman’s services with arch-rivals Arsenal.

The report suggests Inter have yet to receive any official bids for the 37-cap Argentina international, but an offer worth in the region of £67million could persuade the Serie A giants to sanction his departure from the San Siro.

Martinez has remained on Spurs’ radar despite penning a new five-year Inter contract, which does not include a release clause, last October.

Having committed his long-term future to his current employers, the 24-year-old has gone on to enjoy a stellar season and is closing in on 20 goal contributions since the campaign got underway.

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What has Pete O’Rourke said about Martinez?

O’Rourke understands that Conte is not the only admirer of Martinez within the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Paratici has also been impressed during the Argentinian’s Inter career.

The journalist believes Spurs will look to pounce if it becomes clear the striker’s Serie A stay is coming to a close.

O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “I think Fabio Paratici is a big fan of Lautaro Martinez, as is Antonio Conte.

“If they get any indication that maybe a deal can be done, I’m sure they will consider it.”

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Why is Martinez of interest to Spurs?

Martinez is someone Conte knows well, having selected him 97 times during his stint in the Inter dugout.

He repaid the current Spurs chief by bagging 40 goals and a further 19 assists under his guidance, while they also got their hands on the Serie A title last season.

Harry Kane is the only out-and-out striker at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, so Conte will be keen to bring in competition for the England captain.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has previously described Martinez as ‘one of the most exciting strikers in the world’, emphasising how he has caught the eye during the early stages of his career.

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