Barcelona has no intention of triggering the €111 million (£100m/$125 m) release clause in Inter’s Lautaro Martinez contract, but the League giants are still keen to strike a deal for Argentina, Goal notes.
Once asked about the rumored interest Barca has in Lautaro, Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu said to RAC1: “Transactions don’t concern me. We have not marked the contracts in the calendar for when they will be completed.
Meanwhile, Giuseppe Marotta, Inter Chief Executive, told DAZN that the Series A outfit “will not sell their champions unless the player wants to leave.”
Barca hopes an arrangement can be reached but given the financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic, they see the 22-year-old ‘s asking price as significantly lower than his current value.
They were busy working together behind the scenes on plans for some summer business, with Target announcing back in April that a lucrative deal is being negotiated for Lautaro.
The Catalans hope these terms will help their cause, the club being unable to splash €111 m in the next window on one player even if they wanted to.
Barca plans to downgrade Lautaro’s price tag, with the player being understood to be open to transfer talks.