Lautaro Martinez ‘AGREES Barcelona contract worth £205,000 a week… but Inter Milan are refusing to budge on their £98m asking price for the striker’
- Lautaro Martinez has been heavily linked with a summer move to Barcelona
- The striker has reportedly told Inter Milan he wants to join them this summer
- Inter are digging heels in to keep Martinez by telling Barcelona to pay £100m
Lautaro Martinez has reportedly agreed personal terms with Barcelona worth £205,000-a-week but Inter Milan are refusing to let him go for anything below his £98m release clause.
The Argentine forward has been heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp over the past few months and is believed to have told Inter that he wants to join Barca this summer.
The Spanish giants see Martinez as an ideal long-term replacement for Luis Suarez but have been told by Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio that he will only be sold if they meet his £100million release clause.
Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez has reportedly agreed personal terms with Barcelona
While they have failed to make progress in their negotiations with Inter over a price, Spanish outlet Sport claims they have reached an agreement with the player himself.
They say Martinez has has accepted a proposal of a five-year contract worth £10.5m a year plus performance-related bonuses.
The 22-year-old’s release clause is valid only for the first week of July and must be paid in one sum, something which Barcelona’s budget may simply not allow.
Barcelona have been told they must pay £98m if they want to sign the Argentine striker
Inter Milan’s sporting director said last week that that was the only way the reigning La Liga champions would be able to sign him.
‘The reality of the situation with Martinez is that there’s only one path to take him away from Inter and that is to pay the release clause,’ Inter director Piero Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia.
‘It’s a clause everyone knows about, there’s no point hiding. It is a difficult clause because it has certain deadlines and some very precise demands.
‘First and foremost, the clause expires in early July, so does not last very long. It’s the only possible way right now that we won’t see Lautaro Martinez at Inter next season.
‘We are not discussing the Lautaro issue with anyone, because quite simply we are relying on him, he is an important asset for the club and let us not forget he still has two years left on his contract with Inter.
‘We don’t have any intention of selling our best players, but rather to reinforce ourselves on the market.’
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