Barcelona have given up in their pursuit of signing Inter striker Lautaro Martinez according to a report from Italian broadcaster Sport Mediaset, which was aired a short time ago.
Lautaro’s €111 million release clause is due to expire after tomorrow and the Blaugrana club do not have the financial power to trigger his clause at the moment.
Whilst Barcelona have given up for now, the report stresses that it cannot be excluded that Barcelona make other moves to sign him later down the line but it will certainly be far harder to deal with Inter once the release clause has expired as Inter can then demand whatever they like for the 22-year-old Argentine.
Barcelona remain quite confident that they can eventually get a deal done for the former Racing Club player and know that Inter will need to soften their currently rock solid stance on the matter but Inter have a different view.
Inter are not interested in acquiring Junior Firpo as part of a deal, contrary to what reports elsewhere say in the media due to the fact they are trying to sign Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea.
The report adds that Lautaro has never asked to leave Inter nor openly expressed a desire to leave to join the Blaugrana club. Inter consider him as being central to the club’s ongoing project and have no doubts about his professionalism amid ongoing links.