Inter are in serious danger of having to sell Lautaro Martinez, according to a report in the Italian media this evening.
As per Gazzetta.it, the Nerazzurri will have to sacrifice a big player during the upcoming transfer window in order to balance the books.
Nobody at Inter would want to sell Lautaro, who forms one of the world’s deadliest strike partnerships alongside Romelu Lukaku, but the club would not be able to reject a big offer if it arrived.
Inter would reportedly consider selling the forward for a fee in the region of €80-90 million, and Lautaro will not be short of suitors in the summer.
Real Madrid and Barcelona (again) are interested in a deal to sign Lautaro, with the Milan-based publication revealing that both had made contact with the striker’s agent Alejandro Camano.
Lautaro could well receive approaches from the Premier League too, not least Manchester City who are seeking a replacement for the departing Sergio Aguero.
Pep Guardiola is more likely to request Romelu Lukaku as his new star striker, and at that point ‘other scenarios’ could arise (perhaps Lautaro staying at Inter).
Lautaro is currently under contract at Inter until 2023, with an annual salary worth €2.5 million and a release clause fixed at €111 million.
El Toro is supposed to sign a new three-year deal with the Nerazzurri, although the contract extension is being delayed by the club’s well-documented financial problems.
Inter would increase Lautaro’s wages to €4.5 million annually plus bonuses, but even that wouldn’t guarantee he stays at the club for next season.