Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said Lautaro Martinez “must find peace of mind” amid strong connections with Barcelona’s champions of the League.
Lautaro-who moved from Racing Club to Milan in 2018-was tipped at the end of the 2019-20 coronavirus-hit season to swap Series A side Inter for Barca.
Argentina forward had scored 16 goals before the campaign was halted in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic but since the restart he’s only netted once in six games, missing a penalty in the 2-1 loss to Bologna on Sunday.
Inter CEO Marotta-unwilling to part with the 22-year-old-said that as his struggles continue, Lautaro needs to regain his focus.
Marotta told Sky Sport Italia: “There are two factors to be considered, the competitive one and the one related to the concurrent transfer market. Inter doesn’t want to sell like him a 23-year-old lad, but it’s a time when rumors fly around. In the first half of the season, we saw Lautaro the great player, who caught the attention of the big clubs. Now, to guarantee Inter the performance levels he showed in the first half of the season, he needs to find peace of mind.”
Marotta also said Inter has to be patient with the signing of Christian Eriksen in January, who has been struggling for consistency since coming from Tottenham.
Eriksen scored three goals in all competitions and provided two assists in Series A, where Inter sits third in the table – four points behind second-placed Lazio and just one point ahead of in-form Atalanta with eight remaining matches.