Lautaro Martinez to Barca has been one of the most discussed rumours of this transfer window. Barcelona has been trying to sign the Argentine striker for a long time, but Inter has cleared that they will only accept the deal which can trigger the £111M release clause of the Argentine.
Despite the rumours linking Lautaro Martinez to Barca, Inter Milan CEO Marotta has cleared that they want to keep him next season too. He recently spoke to SKY Italia in an interview, talking about Martinez’s potential transfer to the Catalan giants.
Lautaro Martinez to Barca? It’s normal to be attracted by top clubs like Barca, but we want to keep him and Lautaro never asked to leave the club. So I’m so optimistic, I’m convinced he can stay here also for next seasonInter CEO Beppe Marotta to SKY Italia
Famous transfer news hunter and SKY Italia journalist Fabrizio Romano reported before that two clubs are still in discussion for a deal about Lautaro Martinez to Barca.
However, the Inter CEO had told La Gazzetta Dello Sport in an interview before that Inter will land another top player in case Lautaro Martinez leaves in the summer. He said, “We don’t want him to leave, but if he leaves we will surely go for a top player“. Rumours were also coming at that moment linking former Uruguayan PSG striker Edinson Cavani to the Nerazzurri as well, but Marotta denied that.
Barcelona’s Lautaro Obsession
Barcelona, on the other hand definitely wants to make this deal happen as they think that Lautaro Martinez will surely click with the team. If the deal of Lautaro Martinez to Barca finally goes through, the 22-year-old will potentially replace Luis Suarez(33) in the team, who is not in good form currently. Barca fans are certainly excited regarding the potential arrival of Lautaro, Suarez seems to have fallen out of favour with the fans as well.
Even Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi did not hide his admiration for his Argentine compatriot.
“Lautaro is spectacular, you could tell that he would have become a great footballer, now he has exploded and is showing it”, he told in an interview with Mundo Deportivo .“He is an impressive striker. I think he’s complete and has many qualities. He is very strong, has great dribbling skills, matched with the ability to score goals, and knows how to protect the ball”, concluded Messi.
Lautaro Martinez is in unbelievable form this season. He has scored 17goals in 33 matches overall, having 4 assist on his name as well. His partnership with Romelu Lukaku has helped Inter to perform brilliantly this season in Serie A. The clinical duo scored again in their latest match against Sampdoria, keeping their title hopes alive. Lautaro is just 22 and full of talent, so it is not unexpected that the big European clubs will be attracted by him in this summer transfer market, as Inter CEO Marotta said. At this moment, Lautaro Martinez to Barca is yet to be finalised and looks like this saga is still to be continued.
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