Inter Milan sporting president Piero Ausilio has ruled out a move for Martinez to Barcelona.
“There was an approach for the player from Barcelona, but we never started a negotiation,” Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia.
“There was a clause that was never triggered and from the day it expired we considered Lautaro out of the market.”
Ausilio was also clear about ruling Inter out of the running for Messi.
“You told the truth by saying that there is nothing. I don’t know where certain ideas come from,” Ausilio said of a move for the Barcelona superstar.
“If we talk about Messi, there is no club that doesn’t want to sign him [but] the reality is different. In the market, we must be careful and smart.
“We know what we have to do. First of all, the exits. Through these, we will finance the newcomers. The opportunities are few and the ones we can take are not so expensive.”
However, one Barcelona player he does like is Arturo Vidal.
“We like Arturo Vidal for sure but he’s a Barcelona player right now,” he said. “If they’ll let him go under the right conditions, we’ll consider signing him.”