Arsenal’s one-that-got-away flattered by Spurs interest

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Inter Milan starlet and one-time Arsenal target Martin Satriano admits he’s flattered by interest from Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur, speaking to L’Interista. 

On the back of an impressive loan spell at Ligue 1 outfit Stade Brest, the so-called ‘new Luis Suarez’ believes he’s succeeded in adding another string to his already varied bow.

“During my spell in France, I have learned to play more like a number nine,” Satriano says. “Now I feel more like a ‘nine’ than a ‘ten’, to be honest.” 

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A versatile, tactically-astute centre-forward capable of dropping into midfield one minute while poaching in the penalty-area the next, Satriano would only benefit from sharing a training pitch with arguably the most complete striker in world football – Tottenham’s talismanic number ten, Harry Kane. 

“I’ve heard and read about Tottenham,” the Inter loanee says when quizzed about speculation suggesting he could reunite with former Nerazzuri boss Antonio Conte in North London.  

“I’m obviously glad that some teams have noticed me, but only because it means I’m doing well. I’m young and I have to grow a lot.” 

“I still don’t know (what my future holds). I can’t tell you now what my future will be. I’m just thinking about finishing the season. And about the holidays!” 

Tottenham want Martin Satriano from Inter Milan

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The Daily Mirror (24th April, page 75) claim that Tottenham are rivalling Chelsea for Satriano’s signature. The Montevideo-born 21-year-old has a contract until 2027, though Inter Milan’s precarious financial situation means it is far from certain that he will see out his deal at the San Siro. 

Should Tottenham succeed in luring one of Europe’s most talented young strikers away from the Italian champions, Arsenal’s failure to sign a teenage Satriano back in January 2020 is bound to come under further scrutiny. 

“Inter is Inter. The Nerazzurri snatched him from Cagliari and Arsenal,” says the Uruguayan’s agent, Nick Maytum.  

“Whenever there is a great striker from Uruguay, everyone talks about Suarez and (Edinson) Cavani,” adds Maytum, painting a picture of a very promising young forward boasting a fair few similarities with a certain Walthamstow-born star.  

“I think that his characteristics are different than Suarez. Martin can play both as number ten and as number nine.

“Let’s say he is a nine-and-a-half. We can consider him more like Benzema.” 

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