Arsenal, Spurs linked striker signs new long-term Inter contract

Jason Soutar
Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez and Danilo D'Ambrosio before a match

Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez has signed a new five-year contract at the San Siro, the Serie A club have announced.

Martinez came through the ranks at Argentinian side Racing Club. He scored 27 times from his 60 appearances for them.

Inter paid around €22.7million (£19.2m) to sign him in 2018. He has already played 144 times for the Italian side.

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Martinez has 54 goals and 21 assists for the Milan club. He has scored five goals from his nine Serie A outings this season.

Arsenal and Spurs were both interested in the forward during the summer. It was reported that Tottenham agreed to sign Martinez for £60m, but the move was not completed.

And the Argentina international has committed his future to Inter, penning a long-term contract extension that will keep him with the Italian giants until 2026.

Elsewhere, Jermaine Defoe has named Manchester City as his “team to beat” in the Premier League this season.

Chelsea sit at the top of the pile on 22 points with Liverpool one point adrift of Thomas Tuchel’s men and City a further point behind in third.

Despite the Blues leading the Premier League table and Liverpool’s impressive 5-0 victory over Manchester United on Sunday, Defoe still reckons City are the best team.

“I still think that Manchester City are the team to beat,” told

“Watching people saying they don’t have a number nine – they played with a false nine all of last season, without a proper number nine, [Sergio] Aguero didn’t play and they won the league.

“For me, I still feel like they are the team to beat, with the options that they’ve got, the quality that they’ve got, bringing in Jack Grealish – [Raheem] Sterling doesn’t even start! And the know-how, they know how to do it.

“I know Liverpool are looking good, and the front three are frightening – I think the front three of [Roberto] Firmino, [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane are back to where they were before – but I still think that Man City are the team to beat.”