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Inter awaiting Barcelona’s €110m offer for Martinez

Lautaro Martinez, Inter Milan
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Inter Milan are not looking to sell Lautaro Martinez but they will be helpless if Barcelona trigger his release clause, admits Giuseppe Marotta.

FC Barcelona’s interest in signing Lautaro Martinez is no secret, with an ever-increasing number of reports constantly linking the two parties over the past few weeks.

It is understood that Barcelona eye Martinez as an immediate replacement for an ageing Luis Suarez and an eventual successor to Lionel Messi who is showing no signs of slowing down.

The Catalans are reportedly preparing cash plus player deal to lower Inter Milan’s valuation of the striker amid the financial crisis imposed due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

However, Inter remain insistent that his €110 million release clause, which will expire on July 7, must be paid.

Recently, chief executive Giuseppe Marotta reiterated that his side do not intend to sell the striker and the only way of buying him is activating his buy-out clause.

“We want to strengthen the team structure of which Lautaro is an important element. Young, very keen, and from the talent, he is now becoming a true champion,” Marotta told, as Sky Sports reports.

“Inter does not want to sell, but to buy like big clubs do and we want to follow this line.

“There is a clause and it ends on July 7. We’ll see what Barcelona want to do and then we will see what he wants.”