Marotta sets for talk with Lautaro Martinez over Barcelona’s interest

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    Inter CEO Beppe Marotta wants to try and convince striker Lautaro Martinez that he will be a better player if he stays at the San Siro.

    The Nerazzurri director wants to make the Argentine poacher understand that he is part of the club’s future project, and they are not willing to sell him to Barcelona, which expressed interest and reportedly tendered Junior Firpo as part of the deal.

    Speaking on the speculation surrounding the future of the goal poacher, Marotta said the €111m release clause in his contract, which expires on July 7, is the only tool to reach a sale.

    He further stated that Martinez is an important point of reference for the Nerazzurri, so the club doesn’t need to sell him. He beliefs if he can wait, he will develop with Inter. He also said that he would meet him and make him understand that there is a future possibility of the move as well when he is more ready.

    Speaking on the strength of the team, Marotta put it down to the arrival of big names. This, he said, has appealed to big players like Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who is also linked with the Nerazzurri.

    All parties pleased with Icardi’s deal

    Speaking about the upcoming transfer window, and the deals already done by the club, Marotta said the permanent move of Mauro Icardi to Paris Saint-Germain had pleased all parties involved.

    The former captain was frozen out of the team by Antonio Conte, forcing him to make a loan move to the Paris club and netted 12 goals in 20 appearances to convince them of signing him permanently.

    Speaking with Corriere dello Sport, the CEO said Icardi was no longer part of the club’s project, and the relationship was well managed satisfyingly for all the parties involved, adding that it was a pleasant end.

    No too much of big-money move soon.

    Speaking ahead of the summer transfer window, Marotta stated that post-COVID-19, the big money deals, will disappear.

    He said that the pandemic had affected a lot of things significantly; thus, no one should expect huge transfers like Neymar, where a club could end up spending €500m on transfers and salaries.


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