TOTTENHAM have been dealt a blow in the pursuit of Inter Milan ace Lautaro Martinez with the striker set to sign a new deal WITHOUT a release clause, reports say.
The Argentine was subject to transfer interest in the summer with both north London clubs looking at the signing him.
Spurs and Atletico Madrid were believed to have launched formal offers for the forward, but both proposals were swiftly turned down.
Lionel Messi-less Barcelona were also interested in signing Martinez, but no official move was made.
And now, the £60million man has decided his future lies at Inter, who he helped win the Serie A last season.
According to reputable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the 24-year-old’s new deal will keep him at the club until the summer of 2026.
And the £94m release clause has been taken out, strengthening Inter’s hand in any potential future transfer negotiations.
Romano said on Twitter: “Lautaro Martinez has just signed his new contract with Inter, confirmed.
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“Deal completed and paperworks signed today morning. Official announcement in the next few days.
“New contract will be until June 2026. The release clause [€111m] has been removed.”
Club CEO for sport Giuseppe Marotta will have been true to his word if Inter announce the extension, albeit over ten days late.
Moratta told La Gazetta Dello Sport earlier this month: “We are going to announce his extension within ten days, he is the future of Inter and we want to keep him at the club.”
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