Barcelona’s Lautaro Martinez pursuit over according to Spanish broadcaster El Chiringuito. The Spanish giants tailed Martinez for months. Their pursuit to replace Luis Suarez with the 23-year-old Argentine saw all kinds of hurdles. First, they failed to meet his release clause. Then they even failed to meet Inter’s asking price for the attacker.
The Blaugrana club have failed to convince their talisman, Lionel Messi, to stay. Barcelona’s 8-2 hammering by Bayern in the Champions League has made Messi very upset. Moreover, with Messi’s future not certain in the club, Lautaro is said to be not interested in a move to the Catalan club. Furthermore, Barcelona is in a storm of itself with Messi trying to leave. Which, in return is diverting their attention from transfers.
Lautaro played a pivotal role in Inter’s second-place finish in the Serie A and a run to the Europa League final. The Argentine made 49 appearances scoring 21 and assisting 7 goals across all competitions. This has been Lautaro’s best season in his career so far. As Barcelona’s Lautaro Martinez pursuit is nothing but over, Inter can have a sigh of relief.
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman, on the other hand, wants Suarez to stay for another season or two reports Sempre Inter. Barcelona are a sinking ship if Messi decides to leave the club. Let alone Lautaro, it’ll be hard to lure a decent player for them.
Barcelona’s Lautaro Martinez pursuit over means an opportunity for Inter
Inter had initially decided to let Lautaro join Barcelona to acquire the cash for a rebuild. But the versatile attacker has been so good that Inter would be happy to retain him. A new contract for Martinez is expected in the coming weeks as the Argentine looks to have a long term future with the Nerazzurri. Martinez will also play a vital role in Antonio Conte’s pursuit of Inter’s first Scudetto after more than a decade.
Inter are all set to cash in on Barcelona’s woes by signing Arturo Vidal in a free transfer. The Chilean midfielder is in talks for terminating his contract with the Catalan club.