Here is your Tottenham Hotspur morning digest for Friday, August 13.
Lautaro Martinez contract talks
North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal have both been credited as holding an interest in Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.
football.londonlearned at the weekend that Spurs agreed a fee in excess of €60million (£50million) for the Inter forward before Chelsea’s pursuit of the Argentine’s former teammate Romelu Lukaku became advanced, putting Tottenham’s move for Martinez in Doubt.
Now, Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via SempreInter, has claimed that the Nerazzuri don’t want to lose any more key players after the sales of Achraf Hakimi and Lukaku, and have now offered Martinez a new contract with the club in an attempt to fend off interest from the Lillywhites.
Read the full story here.
Shirt numbers confirmed
Tottenham have finally confirmed their squad numbers for their upcoming campaign, with new signings Bryan Gil and Pierluigi Gollini finally given numbers after arriving from Atalanta and Sevilla respectively.
Italian shot-stopper Gollini will wear the number 22 shirt following the departure of Argentine ‘keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, who previously wore the shirt.
And Spanish player Gil will don the no.11 jersey after veteran winger Erik Lamela, who was the previous occupant of the number, went the other way in the transfer to bring Gil to N17.
Read all the squad numbers here.
According to The Telegraph, Spurs are preparing a move for Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse as head coach Nuno Espirito Santo looks to freshen up his squad ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
However, Saints’ boss Ralph Hassenhuttl has claimed that interest from other teams is ‘normal’ but the 26-year-old will still not be leaving St Mary’s anytime soon.
“This is normal I think,” Hasenhuttl said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Southampton’s opening Premier League game of the season against Everton.
“Prowsey [James Ward-Prowse] is a guy who everybody wants to have, but I don’t see a scenario for him not to be with us for the next few years.
Read the full interview here.
Source by Football London