Real Madrid plan to beat Barcelona to Inter striker Lautaro Martinez – reports

Real Madrid are planning to trigger the €111m release clause of Inter striker Lautaro Martinez this summer, say reports.

Diario AS cite reports from TyC Sports in the striker’s native Argentina that Los Blancos are willing to deposit the sum this summer, while Marca also say the striker is open to a move to the Spanish capital.

It had been thought that Barcelona had led the way in the race for the 22-year-old, whom they had identified as the long-term successor to the ageing Luis Suarez.

The Argentine international has netted 16 goals in 27 appearances for the Milanese giants this campaign and has particularly impressed in European competition, scoring five in six outings.

Manchester United and Manchester City are also said to be monitoring Martinez’s situation, with the striker’s €111m release clause appealing to multiple clubs.

His current deal runs to June 2023 and was signed in July 2018, when Inter paid Racing Club €24m for his services.

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