Barcelona and Lautaro Martinez have reportedly found an agreement over personal terms, but Inter Milan continue to throw a spanner in the works on the proposed transfer.
According to reports in England, Barcelona and the Inter start forward, Lautaro Martinez, have agreed a deal worth £205,000-a-week, as the Catalan giants look to make the Argentinean their marquee summer signing.
The reigning La Liga holders have made the 22-year-old striker their primary objective for the summer transfer window, identifying him as a long-term replacement for the aging Luis Suarez.
However, Barcelona have yet to convince Inter Milan to give the go-ahead, with the Serie A side continue to demand £98m, which is Martinez’s release clause.
The Nerazzurri sporting director, Piero Ausilio, has recently reiterated the club’s decision not to allow their star man to leave unless the £98m offer comes to their desk.
“The reality of the situation with Martinez is that there’s only one path to take him away from Inter and that is to pay the release clause,” he told Sky Sport Italia, as relayed by the Daily Mail.
Lautaro Martínez has told Barcelona he only wants to leave if it's for Barça. Negotiations are still ongoing. [md] pic.twitter.com/hkJeunISSd— barcacentre (from 🏡) (@barcacentre) June 2, 2020
“It’s a clause everyone knows about – there’s no point hiding. It is a difficult clause because it has certain deadlines and some very precise demands.
“First and foremost, the clause expires in early July, so it does not last very long. It’s the only possible way right now that we won’t see Lautaro Martinez at Inter next season.
“We are not discussing the Lautaro issue with anyone, because quite simply we are relying on him, he is an important asset for the club and let us not forget he still has two years left on his contract with Inter.
“We don’t have any intention of selling our best players, but rather to reinforce ourselves on the market.”
Although Barca’s plans to raise funds to complete the transfer involves offloading Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, the Spanish powerhouse’s valuation of Martinez is nowhere near his current release clause.
Moreover, Manchester United’s financial capacity and the fact they are also interested in snapping up Martinez could be another stumbling block Barcelona will have to overcome in order to land the highly-rated striker.