Even though Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur were all linked with Martin Satriano in the transfer window the striker always wanted to stay at Inter Milan, his agent Nick Maytum has told FC Inter News.
In another world, one of the most exciting young strikers in European football would already be a first-team regular at the San Siro.
But with Romelu Lukaku leading the line for Antonio Conte during the last two seasons, scoring goal after goal and striking fear into the heart of defenders up and down the land, 20-year-old Satriano must have felt like a wide-eyed flyweight taking on Anthony Joshua.
It was a fight he was never going to win.
In June, the Daily Mail reported a host of Premier League clubs were looking to take advantage of Satriano’s situation. Tottenham, Everton and West Ham United were said to be eyeing a summer swoop for a penalty-box poacher labelled the ‘new Luis Suarez’ in homage to his fellow Uruguayan.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are still keeping tabs on a player who slipped through their net in January 2020 when a teenage Satriano swapped Cagliari for Inter Milan.
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But with Lukaku’s £97 million departure opening the door for a man who scored nine times in pre-season, Satriano’s sights are firmly fixed on securing a role alongside Lautaro Martinez or Edin Dzeko in a new-look Nerazzurri attack.
It helps that, in Simone Inzaghi, Satriano has a coach who believes in him too.
“Because of the choice of Inzaghi,” Maytum says when asked why his client turned down Premier League offers in favour of extending his stay in Italy.
“And because being part of an important project at a world-leading club like Inter Milan can be an opportunity to become a better player, even stronger.
“Italian and foreign (clubs wanted to sign him). We already knew it but (this is proof) the player is appreciated by many.
“(Inter) told us Satriano will have his opportunities. With so many games and three competitions to play, his time will come.”