Manchester City officially selected Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez as a possible transfer target after a two-year lift of their European ban.
Pep Guardiola ‘s side was cleared to play in the Champions League next season after a strong appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with the ruling also encouraging them to press ahead with their summer transfer plans.
The city is set to undergo a major squad overhaul following this season’s surrender of the Premier League title to Liverpool, as key players like David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho arrive at Etihad Stadium towards the end of their careers.
The Daily Mail reports that Martinez could be a part of the overhaul as a long-term substitute for fellow Argentina international Aguero.
The 22-year-old was strongly linked to a move to Barcelona this summer, but this week Josep Maria Bartomeu, chairman of the Spanish champions, announced that the talks are currently on hold.
Barca is believed to fail to reach Inter’s asking price, with Series A giants refusing to negotiate anything less than its £98.8 m release clause and efforts so far proving unsuccessful to strike a player plus cash offer.
Martinez scored 18 goals and created 6 more in 39 appearances in all competitions this season.