Inter want to ward Barcelona off Lautaro Martinez

Inter are keen to boost the €111m release clause of striker Lautaro Martinez to ward off Barcelona interest, say reports.

According to Tuttosport, as cited by our sister site Football Italia, the Milanese giants believe the Blaugrana would be well placed to trigger the clause in the Argentine’s contract.

Earlier this month, El Mundo Deportivo cited Corriere dello Sport in reporting that Lionel Messi had advised the Catalan club to make the move for his international teammate.

The striker has netted eight Serie A goals across 34 appearances for the Nerazzurri and twice across eight appearances in Europe.

He has started eight matches for Antonio Conte’s side this season but his fellow countryman Mauro Icardi has departed to Paris Saint-Germain, with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez both joining.

“Talk of Barcelona’s interest is true,” the player’s agent Alberto Yaque told Ole back in July.

“No-one’s called us, but we know that they’ve been looking at him strongly. It’s true that Barcelona like him.”

It has been previously claimed that Martinez’s market value is now in excess of €100m and he scored within two minutes at Camp Nou in their recent Champions League encounter.

Inter are said to be concerned by Barca’s interest and starting negotiations for a new contract that would significantly raise or even remove the clause.

His current deal runs to June 2023 and was signed in July 2018.

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