Manchester United are reportedly looking to put Barcelona’s pursuit of Lautaro Martinez in jeopardize as they add Inter Milan forward to their list of targets
According to the Express Sport, Manchester United have joined Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in the race for Lautaro Martinez after Ole Gunnar Solskajer convinced the board to sign a top-class striker in the summer.
The Red Devils have failed to find a suitable replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Inter last summer, which cost them dearly throughout the 2019/20 season.
Determined not to replicate a similar mistake, the Red Devils are readying an offer for the in-demand Argentinean forward, who had enjoyed an outstanding season with the Nerazzurri before the coronavirus pandemic froze football.
Indeed, the 22-year-old had managed 16 goals and four assists in 31 appearances in all competitions, helping the Giuseppe Meazza outfit stay within touching distance with the Serie A leaders Juventus.
Although Paris Saint-Germain recently accelerated their interest in the ex-Racing star, Barcelona are understood to be leading the chase for Martinez’s signature.
Lautaro is eager to team up with his fellow international colleague Lionel Messi at Camp Nou and has therefore named the Catalan side as his preferable destination.
But, Manchester United are hopeful that they can take Martinez away from Barca’s grasp as they prepare a massive contract to outfox stiff competition and secure the highly-rated striker’s services.
Tottenham Hotspur stalwart, Harry Kane, has long been Untied’s dream, but the financial concerns caused by the pandemic have made the deal unfeasible.
The Old Trafford outfit have been priced out of the move for the England captain, which forced them to look for other attractive alternatives, such as Martinez.
📰 [L'Equipe🥈] | PSG has ruled out the transfer of Lautaro Martinez as the striker has a firm desire to move to FC Barcelona pic.twitter.com/KHrFn6Qz0l— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) May 9, 2020
However, the Inter talisman won’t come cheap, given that the Italian heavyweights are only willing to let him go if someone meets his enormous £96.7m release clause.
Without Champions League football as an enticement, the Premier League giants may fail to persuade Martinez to come on board.
Before the season was halted, Solskjaer’s men were three points short of fourth-placed Chelsea.