Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has rubbished rumors linking the in-demand forward Lautaro Martinez to Barcelona and Manchester United
The 22-year-old Argentinean enjoys a stellar start to the season under Antonio Conte, having already scored seven goals in 14 appearances in all competitions, including two in the Champions League.
Although he drew a blank in the Nerazzurri’s 2-1 comeback victory over Bologna on Saturday, the former Racing Club man played a pivotal role, securing a spot-kick converted by Romelu Lukaku in the 92nd minute.
Martinez’s impressive displays in both Serie A and Europe have drawn attention from the reigning La Liga holders Barcelona, who are looking to replace the aging Luis Suarez.
An out-of-sorts Manchester United have also expressed their interest in the Inter talisman, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to continue the overhaul of his squad in January.
Inter Milan chief Giuseppe Marotta plays down Lautaro Martinez to Barcelona rumors https://t.co/GyHJ26jh3K— BarcaBlaugranes (@BlaugranesBarca) November 3, 2019
However,Marotta is confident that neither Barca nor United are ready to trigger Martinez’s staggering €111m release clause, as previously reported by the media across Europe.
“This is all media talk,” he said, as transcribed by the beIN Sports.
“Our players are happy to be with us, and a player must express its desire to leave if he wants to go. We don’t tend to sell important players; Inter are a very important club.
“Of course, part of this job is to deal with situations as they present themselves.”