Tottenham Hotspur have been told they will have to cough up €80m if Antonio Conte wants to bring one former player in particular with him to north London.
Spurs are suddenly looking likely to qualify for the Champions League, following bitter rivals Arsenal's slip-up on Monday night to Crystal Palace. With Conte having taken the job on the understanding that there would be money available to improve his squad, securing top four would go a long way to that.
And Lautaro Martinez, who the Italian previously worked with during his phenomenal stint at Inter Milan, is a pricey target to improve the side.
That's according to Calciomercato, who claim the Argentinian – who's netted 16 goals this term – could be on his way to the Premier League to bolster Tottenham's attack across four fronts next season.
A lot of whether the forward arrives, however, hinges on the talismanic Harry Kane. The England captain was involved in a long-running transfer saga linking him to Manchester City last season and is reportedly a target for the red side of the Rainy City. Should Kane depart, a deal for Martinez would seem ever more likely.
Spurs have scoured Serie A for strikers in recent months. In January, the club were rumoured to be in the hunt for Juventus-bound Dusan Vlahovic, while Sassuolo target man Gianluca Scamacca was linked, too.
Martinez is valued at around £63m by Transfermarkt.
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.