With Romelu Lukaku seemingly on the verge of a move to Chelsea, Atletico Madrid are ready to revisit a move for fellow Inter striker Lautaro Martinez.
As reported in today’s newspaper edition of Corriere dello Sport, the Spanish champions have been encouraged by Inter’s willingness to sell key players from last season’s Scudetto success, including Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi.
They have held a long-standing interest in Martinez and are preparing a bid of €70 million for the Argentina international, although Inter are reluctant to lose both him and Lukaku in the same transfer window and avoid being seen as a supermarket for other clubs in Europe.
Ideally, directors Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio would rather cash in on Martinez and retain Lukaku as it is felt he is easier to replace, but they face stumbling blocks in this regard.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has shown a strong desire to bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge and will push for a deal, whilst the Belgian himself is determined to return to West London.
It is expected that the sale of one striker would exclude that of the other, despite Atletico’s interest in Martinez.