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Lautaro won’t leave inter for now – Zanetti

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Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti has ruled out an exit for Lautaro Martinez this summer.

The Argentine forward has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in recent months.

“Lautaro isn’t leaving Inter,” Zanetti told Fox Sports.

“It’s not just Barcelona who are interested in him, but Lautaro knows that he’s at a great club already.

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“He looks happy with life in Italy, which isn’t easy.

“I think he’s going down the right path.

“For now, he’s not leaving.

“He’s our present and future.

“There’s respect on the clubs’ part.

“There are players that have release clauses and there’s little you can do when a club comes in and pays it.

“But in Lautaro’s case, he’s just fine at Inter and I can tell when he’s happy.”


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Barcelona to make final offer for Lautaro Martinez

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Barcelona are planning to make a final offer for Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez.

Recently-appointed Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has informed Luis Suarez that he isn’t in his plans, with Juventus looking to sign the Uruguayan.

As reported by goal, Martinez is at the top of Barcelona’s wishlist as they look to bring in a new striker, despite links with Lyon’s Memphis Depay.

Martinez has demonstrated his credentials for Inter, having scored 30 goals in 84 appearances since joining from Racing Club in 2018.

Crucially, Martinez is ten years younger than Suarez, with Barcelona looking to rebuild their squad.

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Suarez is in talks with Barcelona over the termination of his contract, which expires next year.

As reported by Marca, the striker has reportedly agreed a £9million-a-year salary with Juventus.

According to ESPN, Suarez is training away from the main group at Barcelona alongside Arturo Vidal until his future is sorted.

Barcelona have already brought in Miralem Pjanic, as well as having previously secured deals for Pedri and Francisco Trincao.

There is still much more work to do, however, as Koeman seeks to get Barcelona to bounce back following a hugely frustrating campaign.

Barcelona have also been linked with a move for Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who Koeman knows well from his time in charge of the Dutch national team.

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Shocking: Inter denies interest in Messi and Lautaro is not for sale

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Inter have ruled themselves out of the race to sign Lionel Messi this summer.

The Argentine has been strongly linked with the Serie A club in recent months, even before his transfer request at Barcelona.

“We’re not going to sign Leo Messi,” Piero Ausilio, Inter’s sporting director, told Sky Sport.

“I don’t even know where these crazy rumours are coming from.”

Ausilio also signalled a hands-off warning to Barcelona regarding Lautaro Martinez.

“We never started official talks with Barcelona over Lautaro,” Ausilio added.

“The day after his release clause expired, we considered him not for sale.

“It’s over.”

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Breaking: Lautaro reconsiders he doesn’t wants Barca move


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Breaking: Lautaro reconsiders he doesn’t wants Barca move

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Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport reports that the Argentinean star could renew with Inter Milan.

More bad news for Barcelona, in the midst of the Messi-wants-to-leave hurricane. From Italy this time, where Corriere dello Sport reports that one of Barcelona’s main transfer targets Lautaro Martínez does not want to sign for the Catalan club because of the Messi affair.

Barcelona wanted Martínez to replace Suárez
Barcelona saw Lautaro Martínez as the replacement for Luis Suárez (the Uruguayan has been told he’s not in the club’s plans), but the situation at the club since Messi sent his burofax telling the club he was breaking his contract and leaving has led to the Martínez reconsidering his position and deciding he would prefer not to move to the Camp Nou. In fact, the report indicates that with Antonio Conte staying at Inter Milan everything indicates the club is in a favourable situation to try to renew Lautaro’s contract.

Lautaro’s stats and skills
The player currently has a contract thought to 2023. He had a buy-out clause of 111 million euros which expired in July, meaning Inter can demand whatever price they want for the player. Lautaro joined Inter in 2018 from Racing Club and this year has scored 21 goals in 49 games, making a formidable partnership up front with Lukaku.

Thanks in part to his performances the Italian side finished just one point behind Juventus at the top of Serie A, and reached the final of the Europa League, where they were beaten by Sevilla. His stats and skills caught Barcelona’s eye and they were keen to land what they thought would be one of the next big stars, but the bombshell move from Messi appears to have ripped that plan to shreds.

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Mancity to defeat Barcelona to sign Lautaro

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Manchester City are reportedly ready to splash £81m on highly-rated Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

The 22-year-old who has scored 30 goals for the Serie A side this season has persistently been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent months.

However the Sun have reported that Pep Guardiola is keen on swooping for a long-term replacement to club legend Sergio Aguero.

The report states that Harry Kane is seen as the first-target but that City know it will be ‘impossible’ to land the Tottenham striker this summer.

So alternatively they are focusing on Martinez as the ideal replacement for his compatriot.

Aguero, who has scored 254 goals in 370 appearances for City has just one year left on his contract at the Etihad.

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He is currently believed to be favouring a move back to Argentina at the end of his contract though City would be willing to extend his deal.

Guardiola also has Gabriel Jesus at the club with Aguero potentially leaving, it is incentive to the Spaniard to have a long-term replacement ready to take over the City’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Barcelona have long seen Martinez as a potential long-term replacement to Luis Suarez whose future at the Nou Camp is uncertain with the club willing to sell the 33-year-old Uruguayan.

Inter signed Martinez from Racing Club in Argentina for £20m two years ago and has represented Argentina on 17 occasions, scoring nine times.

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He has become an important asset for the club and formed a formidable partnership with Romelu Lukaku, though he was unable to stop the club falling to defeat against Sevilla in the Europa League final.

Martinez has a release clause worth £81m which City are able to match, though they would reportedly like to offload some players to help fund more buying.

After a disappointing season in which they only won the Carabao Cup and Community Shield, Manchester City have already been active in this summer’s transfer window.

So far, they have signed Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for £41m and Ferran Torres from Valencia for just over £20m.

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Mancity to sign Lautaro Martinez

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Inter Milan Lautaro Martinez has fired a warning to Sevilla ahead of Friday’s Europa League final, claiming his side are ‘ready for great things’.

Martinez scored a brace and grabbed an assist as the Serie A side thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 in the semi-final on Monday, with his strike partner Romelu Lukaku also netting two goals.

Sevilla have won the competition a record five times and they beat Manchester United on Sunday to reach their fourth final in seven years.

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But Martinez is not phased by the LaLiga side’s Europa League experience, insisting the Italians are ready for the challenge.

‘It was an incredible night, the kind we dreamed of,’ the striker told Sky Sport Italia after the game.

‘It had been a long time since I played that well, and in a semi-final we proved Inter are ready for great things. We’re ready for the final.

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‘These goals give me so much, as there was a period when I wasn’t at my usual levels, but this experience helps you to grow. I am very happy with the way the team is playing and showing such character.

‘We’re getting better game by game and I am happy on a personal level too, as I am going to have my first child, so I dedicate the goals to my wife and family.

‘We just keep getting stronger, showing maturity with both young players and more experienced ones like Samir Handanovic, Danilo D’Ambrosio and Diego Godin. They point the way and we all follow.’

Martinez has scored 21 goals in all competitions during the 2019-2020 season while Lukaku has now scored in a record 10 successive Europa League matches.

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Barcelona’s target ‘Lautaro’ is happy at Inter

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Lautaro Martinez has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona this summer but his agent Beto Yaque said the Argentina striker is happy at San Siro.

Lautaro Martínez is “very happy” at Inter amid links to LaLiga giants Barcelona, according to his agent Beto Yaque. The Argentina striker has been tipped to leave Inter for Barça at the end of the season for a potential ink-up with international teammate Leo Messi, though the Italian side have regularly insisted they have no plans to sell the star forward.

The 22-year-old’s €111million (£98.8m) release clause expired in July and Yaque played down the prospect of a transfer from San Siro to Camp Nou.

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“Lautaro’s transfer is more in the media than real life,” Yaque told La Figura de la Cancha. “Lautaro has three years on his contract with Inter and is very happy where he is. He’s had a very good season, still has the Europa League to play for and I hope Inter can go all the way in that competition.”

“I’ve never needed to give Lautaro advice”
Yaque added: “I’ve never needed to give him advice and I don’t need to now either. He’s always been a complete player and has matured over the years.”

Martínez scored 14 Serie A goals as Antonio Conte’s Inter finished second and a point behind champions Juventus in 2019-20.

The Argentina international has managed 19 goals across all competitions ahead of Inter’s Europa League quarter-final against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday.

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Barca to only sign Lautaro based on Suarez’s dismissal

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Barcelona will only sign Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez if Luis Suarez leaves the club this summer, according to reports in Spain.

The Argentinian striker has been strongly linked with a move to the Camp Nou this year and is valued at around £98million by the San Siro club.

Martinez has netted 19 goals for Antonio Conte’s side across all competitions this season and is likely to be in the squad for Inter’s Europa League clash against Getafe on Wednesday night.

But according to Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo, the Inter Milan’s proposed transfer to Spain depends on the future of current Barcelona number 9 Luis Suarez.

The report says the Uruguayan forward has an offer on the table from Major League Soccer in America and could quit Barcelona despite scoring 16 league goals for Quique Setien’s side this season.

If Suarez decides to move on, the club are likely to move for Martinez, who they view as the long-term successor to the aging Uruguayan.

If Barcelona’s first-choice striker decides to stay at the club, Mundo Deportivo say that Martinez has an agreement to join Barcelona next summer, with 33-year-old Suarez leading the line for the 2020-21 season.

The Catalan side do not want Martinez to sit on the substitutes’ bench during his time at Camp Nou, as club president Josep Maria Bartomeu cannot afford to make another expensive mistake, following the failed impacts of Ousmane Dembele, Antonie Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho at Barcelona.

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There are concerns amongst the La Liga giants about whether they can afford the Inter Milan striker in the current economic crisis enforced by the coronavirus pandemic.

Barcelona are reportedly planning a summer clear-out of expensive stars, with players such as Coutinho and defender Samuel Umtiti linked with high-profile moves away.

They have already sold highly-rated midfielder Arthur Melo to Juventus in a £67million deal, though Barcelona also signed Old Lady midfielder Miralem Pjanic in a £54million transfer.

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Bartomeu provides update on Lautaro and Neymar’s transfer


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Bartomeu provides update on Lautaro and Neymar’s transfer

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has ruled out moves for both Neymar and Lautaro Martinez after detailing the extent of the club’s financial constraints.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a big impact on Barca’s spending this summer, with Bartomeu admitting some investments will have to wait.

A bid to secure Neymar’s return from PSG was believed to be top priority, while discussions regarding Inter Milan striker Martinez have also taken place.

But Bartomeu has declared a transfer for either player in the coming months is out of the question after the club lost out on around £200million over the past few months.

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“All the big European clubs are affected,” he told Sport . “This isn’t going to last a year, but three or four.

“Neymar? In this situation, it’s unfeasible. Nor does PSG want to sell him.

“Barca have spoken with Inter about Lautaro, but the talks have stopped. The situation doesn’t invite large investments.”

The La Liga giants were forced to ask their players to take a 70% pay cut when the outbreak of Covid-19 forced football to be suspended before returning without fans.

Any new arrivals this summer could therefore depend on how much the club can recoup from the sale of unwanted stars.

Philippe Coutinho is the main player Barca are keen to offload, but there has been little interest from other clubs in signing the Brazilian on a permanent basis.

Both Neymar and Martinez would command fees in excess of £100m, which is simply not possible for Barcelona anytime soon, as Bartomeu explained how much they are relying on getting fans back in stadiums.

“In the 2020-21 season we expected to post 1.1 bn euros, but we’ll have 30% of that,” he added.

“If the situation of the pandemic doesn’t improve, there will be no spectators, no museum, no stores open, and money will continue to be lost.

“It forces us to be very rigorous in management: we must review which investments are essential and which can wait.”

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Barcelona end talks with Neymar, also rules out Lautaro transfer

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Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed Barcelona will not attempt to sign the Brazilian this summer and ruled out a move for Lautaro, saying there will be “no big investment.”

Neymar’s proposed return to Camp Nou will not happen this summer, according to Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who has ruled out a move for the Paris Saint-Germain forward after a failed bid to re-sign the Brazilian last year, backed by senior members of the squad including Leo Messi and Gerard Piqué. In an interview with Catalan daily Sport, Bartomeu said an attempt to bring Neymar back to Barcelona was “inviable” due to the financial constraints imposed by the coronavirus pandemic and an already colossal wage bill at the club.

“We won’t be attempting to get Neymar this summer,” the Barça president said. “We put everything into it last year but we won’t be trying again.”

Bartomeu also said that Barcelona’s long-standing interest in Inter striker Lautaro Martínez will not bear fruit in the upcoming transfer window with the Italian side holding out for around €100 million for the Argentina striker. Saying that talks had been halted, Bartomeu confirmed the current financial situation “does not lend itself to big investments.”

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Messi “has three or four more years” in him

The Barcelona chief also seemed to confirm that Germany stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen would be going nowhere amid interest from the Premier League, describing the keeper as “fundamental” to the side. He did add though that the 28-year-old is ware that the club’s economic outlook is “problematic” as he seeks an extension to his current contract.

Bartomeu also spoke about Messi, saying that the club captain “has three or four more years of football” in his boots while also referring to teenage forward Ansu Fati: “He is essential for the future of the club.”

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Lautaro Martinez scores ‘Record breaking solo goal’

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Lautaro Martinez once again proved why he is a man in huge demand after sealing Inter Milan’s 2-0 victory over Napoli thanks to a superb solo goal at the San Siro

Antonio Conte’s side have moved up to second in Serie A with just one match remaining thanks to goals in either half from Danilo D’Ambrosio and Martinez.

But it was the latter’s strike in the 74th minute that stole the headlines as Inter kept their third consecutive clean sheet in Serie A.

After picking up the ball just inside Napoli’s half, Martinez – who has attracted heavy interest from Spanish giants Barcelona – turned and drove towards goal as Napoli’s players backtracked.

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And after finding himself in plenty of space, the Argentine curled the ball home into the bottom right corner from outside the penalty area.

Inter – who are also still in the Europa League – had taken a deserved lead in the 11th minute thanks to D’Ambrosio after they started the game on the front foot.

D’Ambrosio had tucked home cleverly with his left foot first-time after receiving the ball in the middle of the penalty box.

The victory puts Inter into second – just a point above Atalanta with one match to spare in Serie A.

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And the two teams in fact meet on the final day of the Serie A season on August 1 to battle it out for second spot.

And speaking following Inter’s victory on Tuesday evening, Conte admitted he is relishing the Atalanta clash.

Conte told Sky Sport Italia: ‘Atalanta have done great work over the last few years with Gian Piero Gasperini, growing season by season, bringing in players suited to the project who can change the game at any moment, in Serie A or the Champions League.

‘It’ll be a good test for us to see where we stand right now and I think it’s an excellent match to end the Serie A season on.’

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Bartomeu confirms Lautaro transfer talks on ‘Standstill’

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Barcelona club president Josep Bartomeu has admitted talks to sign Lautaro Martinez are ‘at a standstill’ but insists Lionel Messi will not leave to join the Serie A side.

The Catalan giants have long held interest in Inter Milan striker Martinez as a long-term replacement for 33-year-old forward Luis Suarez.

But speaking to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Bartomeu conceded there were no new developments on their attempts to sign the Argentine.

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‘We’ve talked to Inter, but right now it’s at a standstill,’ he said.

Asked if the 22-year-old Argentina international remains a priority signing, Bartomeu added: ‘Our sporting focus right now is on the Champions League, which is just around the corner.’

Bartomeu also denied that club captain Messi will be departing the Camp Nou to join the San Siro outfit upon the expiration of his contract next year.

Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport claimed on Saturday that Inter are eyeing a sensational move for the Barcelona star and believe they have the cash to lure the 33-year-old to Serie A.

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But Bartomeu believes Messi will stick to his word and see out the rest of his career at the Catalan side.

‘Messi has said on several occasions that he wants to retire here and I have no doubts that he’ll renew [his contract].

‘I have a very close relationship with him, as I do with all the captains.’

Barcelona’s club president also indicated the club will focus on bringing through their academy stars next season as opposed to recruiting big name signings.

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Asked if lots of youngsters will take part next season, the 57-year-old said: ‘Yes, we already have seven new signings.

‘In January, Barca made a commitment to the future and since we did that people are seeing the quality we have.’

In his answer, Bartomeu was referring to the rapid promotion into the first team of Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig this season.

Fellow academy graduates Ronald Araujo and Alex Collado have also seen first-team action, with Dani Morer, Aranu Tenas and highly-rated Rey Manaj set to follow suit next season.

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‘I give it all to Inter’ Lautaro


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‘I give it all to Inter’ Lautaro

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Inter forward Lautaro Martinez has claimed he always tries to give ‘110 per cent for this club’ amid speculation of a move to Barcelona. ‘I fight for my own, the team’s and the fans’ targets’.

Lautaro has played 31 Serie A matches this term, contributing 13 goals and five assists in his second season with the Nerazzurri.

“I’m a boy who always fights,” the Argentine said in the Matchday Programme ahead of the clash with Fiorentina. “For my own goals, for those of the team and for the happiness of the fans.”

The 22-year-old has stepped up and helped fill the void after Mauro Icardi, who left the Nerazzurri last summer, forming a great partnership with Romelu Lukaku at San Siro.

“[Coach Antonio] Conte gave me confidence. It’s a very important and fundamental thing, because he worked on the mentality of each player.

“I appreciate it very much, every day he makes us grow.”

The rumours of a move to Barcelona won’t go away, despite having surpassed the deadline to trigger the reported €111m release clause, but Lautaro insists he keeps giving his all for the Beneamata.

“I always try to give 110 per cent for this club, for all the people who love it and for the Inter shirt,” he added.”

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Mancity are leaving no stone unturned to sign Lautaro

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Barcelona had hoped they would have a free run at signing Lautaro Martinez once the Champions League had finished in August, yet in now appears that Manchester City will go with everything to complete the signing of the Argentine forward.

Buoyed by the CAS ruling that removed their two-year ban from UEFA competitions, although curiously still fined the Manchester club, Txiki Begiristain and co. are ready to splash their bottomless pits of cash to refresh Pep Guardiola’s team this summer.

Having not adequately replaced Vincent Kompany last summer, a central defender is likely to be on the agenda with Kalidou Koulibaly being earmarked as a possible recruit if Napoli miss out on Champions League qualification.

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Yet, according to NobleSports, it is in attack that the Blues will look to blow everyone out of the water in the market by spending over 100 million euros on Lautaro.

Barcelona’s problematic fiscal situation lends City an advantage in this direct chase, especially as rumours emerged of the club taking a huge loan on Wednesday.

Manchester City would give Lautaro a much more lucrative contract than Los Cules, and they wouldn’t have any trouble negotiating a swap deal with Inter.

Sergio Aguero is believed to be ready to leave the club and return to Argentine when his contract at the Etihad Stadium expires in June 2021, leaving the English club with a need to find a long-term replacement.

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Barcelona transfer plans: First Champions league then Lautaro


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Barcelona transfer plans: First Champions league then Lautaro

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The negotiations between Barcelona and Inter for Lautaro Martinez had appeared to have reached an impasse, however the Catalan club haven’t thrown in the towel with regards to signing the Argentine forward.

Having said that, discussions have been put on hold as the Blaugrana are now focusing solely on the Champions League.

With their chances of domestic success virtually at zero for the 2019/20 season, Barcelona see the Champions League resumption in August as a chance to rescue their season.

Lautaro has a release clause of 111 million euros, although it was only valid for the first week of July, and with that deadline having now passed it is interesting to see whether that was merely a starting point for negotiations, or if Barcelona can get the player for significantly less.

Inter have noticed the speculation surrounding their forward, but with six matches left in Serie A, they are determined for Lautaro to be focused on helping the Nerazzurri secure their place back in the Champions League next season.

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There is also the small matter of the Europa League, of which Inter are still a part, and a triumph in that tournament would represent a huge success for Antonio Conte in his first season at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

They need Lautaro at his best for those two tasks, and thus they will not countenance any transfer talks until late August.

Barcelona have some optimism with regards to signing Lautaro eventually, with the club having had the player’s approval for many months.

An agreement with the Italian club is all that needs to be found in order for the transfer to be completed.

Those in charge at the Camp Nou see the deal as feasible and genuinely believe a reduction in the initial 111 million euro price can be had.

Barcelona believe such a fee is unseemly in the current economic climate following the coronavirus crisis, but we will have to wait until August for the matter to be resolved.

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Two obstacles in Barca-Lautaro transfer

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Barcelona are close to completing the signing of Lautaro Martinez from Inter, but the deal isn’t over the line just yet.

In order to for the move to be officially sealed, two things need to happen.

The first is for Barcelona to sell another player to balance their books, having already let go of Arthur Melo.

The second is for the Catalans to agree on a transfer fee with Inter, with the value of the move set to be around 120 million euros.

Some 70 million euros of that total valuation will be made up by two players that Barcelona will offer, with the rest coming in the form of cash.

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It’s not yet known who the two players exchanged from the Camp Nou to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza will be.

Recent reports have suggested that the deal is almost done, but the truth is that those two details still need to be ironed out first.

On Tuesday, the 111 million euro release clause in Lautaro’s Inter contract expired, but Barcelona never had plans to pay that.

Once the Argentine’s move to the Blaugrana is completed, he could end up tripling the 2.5 million euro per year contract he has at Inter.

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New development: Barca just one step away from signing Lautaro

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Just when the negotiations for Lautaro Martinez seemed to have broken down, Barcelona appear to have taken a big step towards landing the Inter hotshot.

The Catalans have long been pursuing the Argentine striker although Inter are doing their utmost to keep him.

Yet according to ESPN, Barcelona have reached a verbal agreement with Lautaro, with the salary agreed and all that remains is for the Catalans to sell a player to make room for him in the squad.

Only Leo Messi, Frenkie de Jong, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet and Sergio Busquets are said to be non-transferable according to the same outlet.

At the same time, Inter are said to have lowered their demands to 90 million euros, according to Corriere della Sera, who deem that the Serie A side are considering signing Philippe Coutinho.

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Inter hopes Lautaro snubs Barcelona and renew contract

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Inter Milan hope that Lautaro Martinez will shun Barcelona and agree to a new deal with the club when his release clause expires on Tuesday.

Martinez has a release clause in his contract of £97 million, but it can only be activated by July 7 by clubs outside of Italy.

Once Martinez’s contract expires on Tuesday, Inter will offer the forward a new and improved deal.

The improved terms will double his current salary, which currently sits at £2.5m per season plus performance-related bonuses.

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His contract will also be extended from 2023 to 2024 and it is likely that Inter will increase the release clause beyond £97m, according to NobleSports.

Inter hope the expiration of Martinez’s contract will prevent him from moving to Barcelona.

The Argentine forward has been heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp over the past few months.

The Spanish giants see Martinez as an ideal long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.

However, it is believed that Barca are struggling financially after the coronavirus crisis and are unable to meet Inter’s asking price.

Inter have also made it clear that they have no plans to lower the price of their star player.

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Barca unfavoured 😕 : Lautaro release clause expires today

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Inter forward Lautaro Martinez’s release clause of €111m expires today and the Argentine seems set to stay at San Siro.

The 22-year-old attacker has filled the columns of Italian newspapers on a daily basis in recent months, as Barcelona were trying to lure the former Racing Club star to La Liga.

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But the Blaugrana have reportedly been trying to look for a different solution to meet Inter’s asking price and include players in potential swap deals to get their man, failing to meet the required amount to free him from his contract at the Giuseppe Meazza.

The expiration date of the €111m release clause is set to expire on today, on July 7, and Calciomercato.com claims the player will be staying put.

The report claims the coronavirus pandemic has influenced the financial strength of the European clubs and even a giant like Barcelona struggle to meet such a demand.

Lautaro has scored 12 goals in 27 Serie A games this term, with his total tally at 17 in 37 games across all competitions.

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Inter to renew Lautaro’s contract till 2024

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Lautaro Martinez’s release clause expires on Tuesday and Inter hope that’ll be the trigger for him to shun Barcelona and sign a new, improved contract.

The Argentine has a clause worth €111m in his current deal, but it can only be activated by July 7 by clubs outside of Italy.

As Barca are struggling financially in the post-COVID landscape, they have been unable to offer the full amount, while Inter have no intention of negotiating the figure down.

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According to NobleSports, after the deadline passes on Tuesday, Inter will present their plans for the future to Lautaro Martinez, including an improved contract.

This would double his current salary, which stands at €2.5m per season plus performance-related bonuses.

The contract would also be extended from 2023 to 2024 and it’s possible they’ll aim to increase the release clause beyond €111m.

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Inter wants €85m and Firpo junior for Lautaro

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Negotiations between Barcelona and Inter Milan for Lautaro Martinez have reached a moment of maximum tension. There is still no agreement and time is ticking to find a solution against the Italian side’s hardline stance.

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The website ‘calciomercato’ revealed that Inter have stood firm on their desire for a minimum of 85 million euros and Junior Firpo, numbers which Barcelona are not prepared to pay.

Barça offered Junior in addition to 65 million and cannot pay more but would consider including another player.

The main problem is the valuing of the players. Inter don’t want to drop below 111 million euros, which is Lautaro’s release clause. They value Junior at around 26 million.

Barça believe that’s too low if Lautaro is worth 111 million. The clubs are still talking but their postures are a long way apart.

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Lautaro’s release clause set to be ‘Expired’

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Barcelona have been put on red alert as the £99million release clause in Lautaro Martinez’s contract is set to expire on July 7, according to reports.

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The Inter Milan star has impressed this season and is the LaLiga giants’ top transfer target during the summer window.

And Barcelona have been handed a boost as Martinez’s £99m buy-out clause runs out at the beginning of next month, according to Mundo Deportivo.

‘There is a clause that expires on July 7,’ Inter CEO Beppe Marotta told the Spanish outlet.

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‘Let’s see what Barcelona will want to do first and then we will sit at a table with the player and see what to do.’

Martinez, who has three years left on his current deal at the San Siro, notched 16 goals and supplied four assists in 31 games before the suspension of football due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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‘Snub Barca and join Madrid’ – Sneijder advises Lautaro

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Former Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder has told Lautaro Martinez to forget about Barcelona and move to Real Madrid in the future.

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Martinez is Barca’s top target this summer as they seek a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez, but the Argentine has also attracted interest from Los Blancos.

“I don’t like Barcelona, I played for Real Madrid,” Sneijder – who helped Inter to a treble under Jose Mourinho in 2009-10 – told Sportsmail.

“Winning at Inter is a unique feeling. I did it and I wish he does it before leaving.”


NobleSports understands the striker favours a move to Camp Nou, but it remains to be seen whether the Catalans can meet his €111 million release clause this summer.

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“I recommend Real Madrid to him,” Sneijder said. “[He is] a player who is physically strong and mentally strong.

“I can only tell him to try to play for Real Madrid but only after many years at Inter.”

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