‘He’s got everything. He’s skilful, a lethal finisher’: Owen Hargreaves urges Man City to sign Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez as a replacement for Sergio Aguero after scoring double in Europa League semi-final
- Lautaro Martinez scored Inter Milan’s first and third goals against Shakhtar
- The goals meant the Argentine has now scored 22 goals for Inter this season
- Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is due to enter the final year of his deal
- And Owen Hargreaves believes Martinez should be his replacement at the Etihad
Owen Hargreaves has called on Manchester City to sign Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez as a replacement for Sergio Aguero following his double in the semi-final of the Europa League.
The 22-year-old Argentine opened the scoring by heading home Nicolo Barella’s cross before a superb strike in the second half for Inter’s third – and his 21st of the season – as they completed a 5-0 rout of Shakhtar Donetsk.
Martinez has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in recent months, with multiple reports stating he remains the Catalan giants’ No 1 target this summer.
Owen Hargreaves has urged Manchester City to sign Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez
Martinez scored twice as Inter Milan qualified for the Europa League final by beating Shakhtar
Meanwhile, 32-year-old Argentina striker Aguero has just one year left on his contract at City and reportedly harbours a desire to play in his native country again.
He also missed City’s two Champions League fixtures since the competition’s resumption and 11 games in total since he injured his knee against Burnley on 22 June, which required surgery in Barcelona.
And speaking to BT Sport after Inter reached their 10th European final following victory in Dusseldorf, Hargreaves insisted Martinez would be a perfect replacement for his compatriot and City’s all-time leading scorer at the Etihad Stadium.
City’s all-time leading scorer Sergio Aguero has just one year left on his deal at the Etihad
And Hargreaves has urged City to sign Martinez as a replacement for his compatriot Aguero
‘I know Manchester City are looking for a replacement for Aguero, Martinez is your guy,’ former Manchester United and Bayern Munich midfielder Hargreaves said.
‘He’s got everything. He’s skilful, a lethal finisher. He’s got everything – [he’s just] 22 years old.
‘He’s the type of player whether at Barcelona or Manchester City they’re going to get a really special player.’
Reports also suggest Barcelona want to sign Martinez if they can sell Luis Suarez elsewhere
Reports earlier this month suggested that the runners-up in LaLiga last season will only sign the £98milion-rated Martinez if they manage to sell striker Luis Suarez.
They also suggested that the Argentine has an agreement to wait a year for his dream Nou Camp move, but former Inter midfielder Paul Ince believes he will leave Inter this season regardless of other circumstances.
‘I think he will be on the move after the final,’ Ince said. ‘He creates goals as well.’
Martinez’s immediate focus however will be on that final, when Inter face LaLiga outfit Sevilla in Cologne on Friday evening.
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