Inter Milan are a wounded animal.
And the vultures are circling, smelling blood and a bargain.
According to The Guardian, Antonio Conte, the first coach to lead the Nerazzurri to Serie A glory since a salt-and-pepper Jose Mourinho more than a decade ago, walked away from the Scudetto winners over a plan to sell £70 million worth of players to ease the club’s financial crisis.
Only a fortnight after stealing Juventus’ crown, the Inter kingdom is crumbling.
And could Lautaro Martinez, the prolific prince of the San Siro, become the sacrificial lamb, offered up to the Financial Fair Play gods by a club crying out for divine intervention?
Inter Milan’s loss could be Liverpool’s gain
90Min claimed just a few weeks ago that Liverpool, as well as Chelsea and Manchester City, had asked to be kept abreast of the uncertainty surrounding Martinez’s future.
Romelu Lukaku’s spiky-haired strike partner could reportedly be available for precisely the same fee Inter are looking to raise – £70 million.
Coincidence or not, a golden opportunity has presented itself for a Liverpool side looking to add a new dimension to Jurgen Klopp’s front line, a classic centre-forward to take Roberto Firmino’s place.
Don’t rule out the prospect of Lautaro’s price tag falling to somewhere in the region of £40 million to £50 million too if the desperation reaches frenzy levels at Inter.
Interestingly, the Premier League giants have also been linked with Lautaro’s Inter teammates Alessandro Bastoni, Stefan de Vrij and Nicolo Barella, with the latter perhaps the most sensible addition following Gini Wijnaldum’s heart-wrenching farewell.
But it appears Martinez is the one the Liverpool fans want. Here’s what some of them had to say on Twitter about the situation: