Amidst the rumours of his wage demands for in a new contract, Lautaro Martinez to City is brewing in the backdrop. In brief, Martinez has apparently asked Inter to increase his wages four times than the usual. While Inter pay Martinez around £38,000 per week, he wants that figure to go up to £150,000 per week.
Furthermore, Sergio Aguero’s contract with City ends next summer. City have their eyes on Martinez for a while as they look for a long-term striker to replace Aguero. Not just Manchester City but both Madrid and Barcelona are eyeing the striker.
Lautaro Martinez to City: A race to the best
Lautaro Martinez has reserved the reputation of being one of the best young forwards in Europe. He has scored 10 goals in just 19 Argentine appearances to accompany his impressive record in 2020-21 scoring 5 goals in 10 appearances. Inter are keen on renewing Martinez’s contract this as soon as possible. Martinez knows the fact that despite boasting about his position and importance to the club, he earns less than most players. Along with Romel Lukaku and Christian Eriksen, Martinez earns lesser than 14 players.
In the current scenario, Martinez has his options open from all sides. Barcelona were all set to bag Martinez but the global pandemic has hit teams on the financial front and the deal couldn’t be finalized. Furthermore, in his attempt to get Inter to pay him a lot higher, Martinez is attracting clubs. Inter will most certainly look to cash in on him if contract negotiations fail. But, the Nerazzurri management will also be wary of the fact that Martinez is in form. And with Conte already struggling to push for results, disturbing the team balance will be stupid. Finding a new strike partner for Lukaku will not be easy either. And no one knows if Aguero can really live up to his name in the Serie A if Martinez gets swapped for him.