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Lautaro Martinez Back on Barcelona Radar as Fallback

Barcelona will once again pursue Lautaro Martinez in the summer, as has been the case in the recent past. The Argentina striker was close to joining them before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. He has since extended his contract at Inter but that hasn’t silenced rumors surrounding his future.

The star vented after scoring against Spezia: “A lot of people are always talking about me, but I’m fully focused. I don’t listen to the noise and focus on my family who love me and on Inter. I have always given my best and will continue to do so.”

Corresponding Corriere della Serathat Nerazzurri have received some inquiries but are not specifically negotiating its sale. Atletico Madrid also remain keen on him. That Blaugrana failed to activate his €111m release clause two years ago. The asking price will be around 60 to 70 million euros next summer, the publication informs. Inter would use the money to fund most of their transfer market moves.

Barcelona could use two players as substitutes to take on Lautaro Martinez. Sports informed. They plan to offer Miralem Pjanic, who won’t be bought out by Besiktas, and Memphis Depay, who failed to convince coach Xavi. Both will most likely depart in the next window. On the other hand, their high wages could be problematic for them Nerazzurri.

According to the Catalan newspaper, the Argentine ace is third on their shortlist to strengthen the front. Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski top it, but those pursuits present great challenges.