Barcelona’s transfer saga for Lautaro Martinez has drawn on for so long that even the player himself has lost interest in it.
Inter chief, Javier Zanetti came out last month to confirm that all talks over Martinez’s departure had been put off.
That was a clear message to Barcelona that the player was not for sale. And now, Martinez himself has cleared up any confusion over a move to Spain.
The player’s representatives was seen visiting the Inter headquarters last weekend. Rumours erupted that a bid from Real Madrid or Barcelona had been accepted. However, Martinez’s agent, Beto Yaque revealed that it was just a regular visit and his client will be staying at San Siro for the upcoming campaign.
“It was just a courtesy visit, that is all,” he told Tuttomercatoweb. “There is nothing with Real Madrid and Barcelona. Lautaro is staying here at Inter.”
This will be a blow to Barcelona who are due to lose Luis Suarez this summer. Apparently, a deal with Juventus is close for the Uruguayan striker but Barca have no leads on a replacement.
Martinez was their top choice after scoring 22 goals for Inter last season. His release clause of €111m expired this July with three years still left on his current deal.
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