Reported Liverpool target Lautaro Martinez won’t be signing a new contract at Serie A champions Inter Milan, agent Alejandro Camano told 90Min of the Premier League-linked striker.
In recent weeks, there has been a notable shift in Martinez’s stance.
As Inter stormed to their first Scudetto triumph in over a decade, the Argentina international was taking every single opportunity to pledge his allegiance to the Nerazzuri.
Now, with Antonio Conte gone and a perilous financial situation threatening to break up the club’s most talented squad in recent memory, Martinez’s future suddenly feels far less certain.
90Min reports that Premier League trio Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City are all looking to take advantage of Inter’s much-publicised troubles, with the club’s fans fearing the departure of a striker labelled ‘the ‘new Sergio Aguero’ by a certain Hernan Crespo.
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Camano’s comments will have done little to calm those nerves.
“Inter have offered us a new contract, but for now, we’re fine as we are,” he said, before pouring petrol on the fire as reports linking Martinez with a move to Barcelona resurface.
“We are very calm, we have to resolve the Inter situation first, but of course he would like to join Barcelona. Who would not like to play for Barcelona? It is one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
Reports have suggested that Inter would demand £75 million for the one-time Racing Club wonderkid. According to Camano, however, the true fee may be substantially lower.
“90 million euros (£75m) is exaggerated. Everyone has a price.”
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool could realistically fund a deal for one of Europe’s most talented young strikers this summer, even if Inter may be forced to consider cut-price bids.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp had suggested that big-money transfers are a thing of the past for the time being.
Then again, should Liverpool manage to raise funds via the sales of Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Grujic, Divock Origi and more, that could soon change.