In-demand Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez will reportedly dump Manchester United for the prospect of joining Barcelona next summer
United brought in Odion Ighalo from the Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua on deadline-day to provide depth to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shortage of attacking options.
However, the Nigerian is considered a short-term cover by the club hierarchy, as the Red Devils continue to chase a long-term successor to Romelu Lukaku, who joined Inter last summer.
The Premier League giants missed out on Erling Braut Haaland last month, with the Austrian goal-machine joining Borussia Dortmund despite United’s long-standing interest.
Now, Solskjaer’s hopes of landing another of his prime targets face the ‘prospect of coming to nothing,’ as Martinez seems to be desperate to link up with Lionel Messi at Barcelona, the Daily Mail has confirmed.
📰 [ESPN🥇] | Manchester United are facing disappointment in their attempts to join the race for Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez, with the 22-year-old striker making it clear that he favours a summer move to Barcelona pic.twitter.com/UNjDY6TCQJ— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) February 6, 2020
The Catalans’ wishlist features Lautaro close to the top, as they look to find a permanent replacement for Luis Suarez, 33.
After sitting out the January transfer window, the reigning La Liga champions are tipped for a summer spending spree to reinforce the squad that has failed to live up to expectations this season.
Quique Setien is hopeful of being granted the opportunity to bolster his roster at the end of the season, particularly in light of Messi’s bust-up with the sporting director Eric Abidal.
The Argentinean future at the Camp Nou is hanging in the balance, and given that he can leave the club on a free transfer in the summer, concerns regarding Barcelona’s competitiveness for the next season are growing.