Inter Milan have held talks with Lautaro Martinez to discuss his future, as speculation continues to link the forward with a summer move away from the San Siro. Barcelona and Manchester United are both said to be keen on the Argentine.
Inter are seemingly resigned to losing Martinez before too long.
The 22-year-old striker has been impressive this season and has gained attention from elsewhere.
Barcelona are said to have made him their prime choice to replace Luis Suarez long-term, and are weighing up a bid.
The striker has been playing alongside Romelu Lukaku for Antonio Conte’s side this season, and has scored 12 goals in 22 Serie A games.
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But Barca are keen to take him to Spain this summer, and are believed to be prepared to meet his release clause of £92million.
However, they seem more willing to tempt Inter into a player-plus-cash deal.
That’s because the La Liga side wants to save as much money as they can for their other transfer targets, with Neymar still believed to be their top target.
And according to reports in Italy, Inter won’t settle for anything less than a straight-up cash payment.
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Gazetta Dello Sport, via Spanish outlet SPORT, claims that Inter have held talks with Martinez to tell him that they will not allow him to leave for anything less than the asking price this summer.
If not this year, they have reportedly told him they will still honour his release clause next season, despite it only being active this year.
Martinez’s agent, Beto Yaque, has insisted that the youngster remains solely focused on Inter.
“It’s been said that Barcelona and Real Madrid both want him, but for him it’s like nothing is happening. Others wouldn’t sleep at night,” he said.
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“He never calls me to ask if the rumours are true, he’s focused on where he is and his work.
“We’ve talked to lots of people, but nothing more than that. For now, those who are calling me aren’t directly registered by various clubs.
“There’s nothing formal or serious. Being wanted on the market is something you dream of, but he’s not expecting anything: all he wants to do is play and score goals.
“His constant growth means the best teams in the world are looking at Lautaro with interest. We hope his efforts will be rewarded like they deserve to.”
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