Lautaro Martinez confirms Barcelona interest but wants to stay at Inter now

About a year ago, Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona. But the summer transfer window came and went, and Barcelona’s financial situation deteriorated so much that they could not agree to the signing of a long-term target of the stature of Martinez. 

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The Argentinian recently sat down with Gazzetta dello Sport to talk about the interest from Barcelona, and how he reacted to the growing rumours linking him with a transfer to Spain: 

BARCELONA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 02: Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan celebrates after he scores his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League group F match between FC Barcelona and FC Internazionale at Camp Nou on October 02, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

“It’s true, I was in negotiations with Barcelona,” Martinez told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I was clear with [Antonio] Conte, I told him: ‘I am only thinking about Inter, this is not going to affect me’.

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“However, it all belongs in the past. I am going to sign a contract extension with Inter.

“I don’t know when there will be an official announcement. Meanwhile, I play. My future is here, I see myself in Milan for a long time. I like everything about this city. The food, the fans, the team. I only have positive feelings.”

Martinez is in negotiations with Inter Milan regarding a new contract. The only final details that remain to be sorted out revolve around the removal or a change in the player’s current release clause which is worth €111 million. 

Martinez is having a great season with the club, and was the hero of the most recent Milan derby, netting a brace to defeat city rivals AC Milan and cement their place at the top of the Serie A table for the time being. 

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