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Lethal striker would ‘love’ Pochettino link up at Chelsea to form devastating Nkunku partnership

File photo dated 01-06-2019 of Mauricio Pochettino

Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez is reportedly keen on linking up with new Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino at Stamford Bridge this summer.

Recent reports suggested that the 25-year-old frontman is not keen on moving to the Premier League and favours remaining in Italy, although those reports are believed to be false.

Pochettino is still known to be on the hunt for another central striker, despite Chelsea already snapping up Christopher Nkunku this summer.

And, according to Football Insider, Martinez would ‘love to work with Pochettino’, with the respect mutual from his fellow countryman.

The Inter forward is said to be on a shortlist of several targets including Juventus star Dusan Vlahovic and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani.

Serbian hotshot Vlahovic is believed to be an increasingly appealing option due to his fairly low price tag of £43million.

The former Fiorentina man has scored 23 goals in 63 games for Juve but has not fully convinced the Serie A giants that he is worth persevering with.

As for Muani, the attacker notched an impressive 23 times in 45 games for Frankfurt last term and also comes with the adding bonus of being versatile and able to play out wide too.

But, according to Football Insider, Pochettino has been eyeing up Martinez for Chelsea even before he was appointed at Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku, Martinez swap could be on

Signing another striker is thought to be one of Pochettino’s top priorities in the summer window after the failures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Romelu Lukaku in west London.

The latter is desperate to quit Chelsea after spending last season on loan at Inter, with a permanent move still being mooted.

Indeed, Martinez and Lukaku permanently swapping places could end up becoming beneficial for both clubs.

The Blues are looking for a big bounce-back season after a disastrous 2022/23 campaign in which they finished 12th in the table.

Pochettino’s side will also be without European football in what is expected to be a transformative season for Chelsea.

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