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Martin Satriano could be Uruguay's next star with the Inter wonderkid linked to Arsenal and Chelsea

Published on: 28 February 2021

He may have tough acts to follow in Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez but Martin Satriano looks like the future of Uruguayan football after a positive start to life at Inter Milan.

The 20-year-old forward is emerging as one of South America's top stars and looks set for his professional bow in Italian football after impressing for the Nerazzuri's youth sides.

After Satriano confirmed to Sportsmail this week that he is 'flattered' by Premier League interest in Arsenal and Chelsea, the young striker's strengths and weaknesses have been analysed amid a potential Premier League move...

Who is he?

Satriano joined Inter Milan in a £2million deal back in January 2020 from Uruguayan side Nacional and has been part of the club's 'Primavera' youth side ever since.

However, the 20-year-old has been on the bench for Antonio Conte's first-team squad for three matches this season - including October's Derby della Madonnina defeat to AC Milan - and regularly trains with the club's senior stars.

The Uruguayan has been in form for Inter's youth sides and has five goals in his last four Under-19 fixtures for the Nerazzurri in February.

Satriano's goals have lifted Inter's Primavera side up to third in the Under-19s league, six points behind AS Roma in first place, with the striker scoring the winning goal against the league leaders earlier this month.

The youngster also won over several Inter supporters by scoring twice in the club's 3-0 youth team victory over Milan on February 17.

Satriano is also represented by British agent Nick Taytum, who also has fellow Uruguayan wonderkid Gustavo Viera among his clients.

Fellow striker Viera has been linked to several top European clubs over the past few years, including Chelsea and Liverpool.

Who is interested in Satriano?

According to the Sunday Mirror, Arsenal and Chelsea have both registered an interest in the Uruguayan forward and want to make a move before he gains more attention in the European spotlight at Inter.

The Gunners currently have question marks over several of their forwards and could bring in Satriano if several strikers head towards the Emirates exit door.

Mikel Arteta's side could cash in on Alexandre Lacazette as the Frenchman's contract ends in just over a year's time. The 29-year-old has started the last four Gunners matches on the bench, including for both of Arsenal's crucial European clashes against Benfica.

Meanwhile, Eddie Nketiah has played just ten minutes of league football since the start of 2021 while Folarin Balogun's contract comes to an end this summer and the highly-rated young forward could find a new playing environment for free.

Chelsea, meanwhile, will head into their first transfer window under Thomas Tuchel with the German boss looking to make his mark on his Stamford Bridge side.

The Blues currently have Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz as striker options but none of the quartet have managed to convince Tuchel into giving them a regular spot up front.

What are his strengths?

Satriano may be young but has shown many key attributes that have caught the eye of some of Europe's top teams.

At 6ft 1in, the 20-year-old possess great aerial technique and has used his aerial ability to great effect for the Inter youth side this season, heading home a free-kick in Inter's derby youth league win over Milan.

The striker also has good close control and often resorts to first-time finishes from both inside and outside the area. Satriano is not afraid to press opposition backlines either, therefore showcasing his ability to become a top modern forward.

Satriano is not afraid to create goals either. When he first joined Inter's youth team back in January 2020, he set up goals in each of his first three Primavera matches, even though he started two of them on the bench.

What has he said about his future?

When asked by Sportsmail about the Premier League links to Arsenal and Chelsea, Satriano admitted he was flattered by a move and described England's top-flight as the best league in the world.

The 20-year-old did not rule out a move to the top-flight one day and claimed that he is using the Premier League links as an incentive to improve every day.

'It is always flattering (the interest from the Premier League),' Satriano said. 'Yes, it is a sign that I am doing things well and that I have to continue down that path. I try to use it as an incentive to keep working and be better every day.

'The Premier League is the No.1 league in the world in terms of competition, that I think all the players want to play, I think all the teams are very good. It is a very competitive league where any team can beat anyone.'

The young forward also opened up on the feeling of joining a massive club like Inter Milan for the first time, after the Nerazzurri beat several European clubs to his signature from Nacional.

'My move to Inter was a very nice moment that I will never forget,' added Satriano. 'It was like from one day to the next, although I spoke with my representative throughout January about emigrating to Europe, in the last days everything was decided.

'On January 29 at noon, my representative Nick [Maytum] called me, telling me had to fly to Milan to join Inter and I couldn't believe it. I remember he was very happy for me and within three hours he was already flying to Italy to do the transfer. It was all very fast.'

What are the chances of a move to England?

While the transfer window does not open again for several months, Satriano's future lies depends on Inter Milan's plans for him along with Arsenal and Chelsea's striking options.

The 20-year-old could be offered more football by the current Serie A leaders should one of Lautaro Martinez or Romelu Lukaku be sold by the San Siro club.

Martinez has long been linked with a move to Barcelona, while Lukaku could end up moving to England himself with Manchester City reportedly interested.

Satriano himself has admitted that he is enjoying his experience with the Inter first-team and is solely focused on making an impression in Italy at the moment.

'The truth is that training with the first team is something that I really enjoy,' noted Satraino. 'Training with top-level players every day is something very nice, which helps me a lot to improve my game, since I train at a very high intensity and with great players.

'Sharing the pitch with players like Lautaro and Romelu is something very good as today they are the best forwards in Serie A and among the best in the world.

'I always try to look at them, listen to them and try to do all the good things they do on the pitch.'

A move away from Inter may, therefore, seem unlikely at the moment, but Satriano's name is worth keeping an eye on with a view to him appearing in the Premier League one day.


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