Liverpool have a shot at Lautaro Martinez this summer – if they want it. The 23-year-old can be a dream striker for the Reds.
Lautaro Martinez may not sign a new contract with Inter, it seems. That’s according to Gianluca DiMarzio.
Inter believed he’d sign back in February but a change of agents changed things. Now there’s resistance and it may suit the Scudetto winners to sell.
They’d be reluctant to do so, of course. Martinez scored 17 goals and assisted another six in Serie A last season – he was a vital part of their team.
And at just 23, the Argentine clearly has a golden future. Inter, though, may not take advantage of it.
Arsenal apparently circle the situation and hope to tempt Inter into that sale. We, however, believe Liverpool should do the same thing.
Martinez is a very easy sell just on the simple goals and assists stats. Through in his age and you’ve got a player who’s performing at an elite level already but still has plenty of room to grow.
Liverpool could really use such a player, too. They lack an out-and-out no.9 beyond Divock Origi, while their star front-three are all pushing 30.
Martinez would offer a long-term goalscorer to build the attack around. But he’s more than that.
We can use his scouting profile on FBref.com to highlight just what Martinez can bring, which is a little bit of everything.
Compared to other strikers across Europe’s top five leagues, Martinez ranks highly in just about the lot. He scores at a top level, shoots at an elite level, presses well, always passes forward and has plenty of touches in the opposition box.
What really stands out, though, is his defensive work. Martinez is above the 96th percentile for blocks and interceptions as a striker – that’s fantastic.
Very few players can offer that kind of defensive work while also contributing 17 goals. And at 23? Incredible.
It’s easy to see how Martinez could fit in with the Reds’ defend-from-the-front style, then. If Liverpool want a long-term option – and don’t want to take their chances on Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland – they might not get a better chance to find one.