Lionel Messi wanted Lautaro Martinez at Barcelona this summer

Lautaro Martinez was contacted by Barcelona in the summer.

The Argentine forward has scored 57 goals in 151 appearances for Inter Milan and has recently signed a contract extension which will keep him at the club until June 2026.

The 24-year old striker joined Inter in a €25m deal from Racing Club in 2018.

In the 2020 summer, Barcelona were keen to sign a new striker to replace Luis Suarez who joined Atletico Madrid that season.

The club spoke multiple times with the forward but they never managed to reach an agreement with Inter Milan.

“It’s true, Messi wanted me at Barcelona. We’ve spoken many times while on international duty with Argentina,” Lautaro told SportMediaset.

“He was talking to me about the situation at the club, but I’ve always remained calm and I’ve always spoken to Inter to find an agreement [over a new contract] because I am happy here. I am delighted to have stayed. My family and I are happy here.”


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