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Paris Saint-Germain could scupper Tottenham’s plans with regards to Lautaro Martinez if Kylian Mbappe joins Real Madrid next year. Spurs targeted Martinez during the summer transfer window – but Mauricio Pochettino’s side are reportedly ready to swoop for the Inter Milan striker as they eye a potential successor to Mbappe.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was said to be working on bringing Martinez to the Premier League this summer as the North London club faced up to the prospect of losing Harry Kane.
Spurs were targeting a new striker regardless of Kane’s situation, and will be expected to renew their pursuit when the transfer window re-opens.
Arsenal were also linked with Martinez amid doubts over the futures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
But both clubs can expect to face serious competition from PSG for the Argentina striker’s signature if Madrid succeed in luring Mbappe to the Bernabeu.
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The Ligue 1 giants are eyeing Martinez as a potential replacement for the World Cup winner, according to Italian publication Corriere della Sera, cited by Le 10 Sport.
He is one of a number of strikers the French club are looking at, along with Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski and Borrusia Dortmund hotshot Erling Haaland.
But Le 10 Sport claims all Martinez’s suitors could be set for disappointment, citing a report from Calciomercato which says the 24-year-old will sign a bumper new contract with Serie A champions Inter.
It is claimed that Martinez will extend his contract until 2026, with his salary ramped up from €2.7million (£2.3m) to €6.2m (£5.3m).
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The striker’s expected pay hike would be reward for a season in which he scored 17 league goals alongside Romelu Lukaku to fire the Nerazzurri to the Scudetto.
That goal haul has put him on PSG’s radar as Pochettino’s side face up to the prospect of life after Mbappe.
The Parc des Princes club reportedly rebuffed an initital £137million bid from Los Blancos for the 22-year-old a couple of weeks ago as transfer deadline day edged closer.
Madrid then withdrew a last-gasp £189m offer for Mbappe, according to Sky Sports News.
It was claimed that the Spanish giants were ready to shell out the club-record fee to land the France star, who scored 42 goals from 47 matches in all competitions throughout the previous campaign.
But PSG did not respond to the proposal, with Carlo Ancelotti’s side eventually walking away from the table due to concerns over the length of time remaining to push through a move.
Mbappe’s contract expires next summer, meaning he will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Spanish giants from January.
Sporting director Leonardo revealed last month that Mbappe was keen to join Madrid, telling RMC: “Mbappe would like to leave, this seems clear to me.
“If Real Madrid makes an offer, this seems clear to me. Me, I give a position, which I think is clear for everyone.
“We cannot change our plans in the final week of the window. If he is set on leaving, we will not hold him back, but it will be our terms.”
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