Tottenham face their most important match of the season on Thursday evening as they host North London rivals Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a place in the Champions League up for grabs.
The result will strongly dictate this summer’s transfer business for both teams, with Champions League football a big deciding factor when it comes to which players will be tempted by a move to North London this summer. Also up for discussion are the futures of Antonio Conte and Harry Kane, with both linked with moves away from the club this summer.
Here we take a look at the day’s Spurs transfer rumours:
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Martinez ‘condition’ revealed
With the future of Kane still up for debate among a raft of uncertainties for next season, the search for a new striker could be on the agenda this summer should the England captain decide to leave the club. Lautaro Martinez is a name consistently linked with a move to north London, with the Express reporting that both Arsenal and Spurs hold an interest in the Argentine.
Reports in the striker’s native Argentina suggest that Martinez is happy at the club and will not seek a move and will only switch clubs on one ‘condition’ this summer – if Inter force him to by opting to cash in while his stock is high.
He has scored 19 goals this season for Inter, his best Serie A return, forming a dangerous partnership with Edin Dzeko in the wake of Romelu Lukaku’s departure. Should Inter decide to cash in on the striker, Tottenham could well be the striker’s destination given his established relationship with Conte from their time together at Inter, winning the Scudetto in 2021.
Pau Torres almost signed for Spurs a year ago
Another story set to rumble on throughout the summer is Spurs’ pursuit of a left-sided centre-half as competition for Ben Davies, with Eric Dier and Christian Romero looking solid in the other two defensive roles. Villareal defender has impressed once more this season, following his exploits with Spain at last summer’s Euros.
The left-footed centre-half has also been targeted by Manchester United for a move but a move to play under Conte at Spurs could see Torres make a move to North London. Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano confirmed the continued interest on the Que Golazo YouTube channel.
He said: “Tottenham wanted him one year ago and he was close to joining Tottenham then he decided to stay at Villarreal to play Champions League football which was something historical, but now Tottenham are still following him.”