Inter have been linked with a move for in-form young River Plate striker Julian Alvarez, but club Vice-President Javier Zanetti has clarified that these are only rumours rather than concrete interest for the moment.
Speaking to Argentine broadcaster TyC Sports, the Nerazzurri executive spoke on the links to the 21-year-old striker and also emphasized that Lautaro Martinez is completely happy at the club.
The Nerazzurri have enjoyed many links to Argentine football over the years, with legendary former captain and current Vice-President Zanetti being one of the most prominent among them.
Right now there are two Argentines in the squad, Joaquin Correa who joined in the summer from Lazio and Martinez who has become one of the key players for the team in attack.
Alvarez is the latest young talent in Argentine football and Inter have been reported as being among the European clubs considering a move for him, though as Zanetti explained this is still only a rumour.
“There are many clubs interested in him, it’s normal,” he explained of the River Plate striker.
“He has had a great season,” he went on, “it’s not easy to be a forward for River and play at the level he has been. However, Inter are complete in all position, the links circulating are only rumours.”
Of Martinez’s importance at Inter he stated that “He is increasingly a pillar of the team. When you buy a young player you need to understand what will happen in the space of 3-4 years. He has really matured.”
“It is not easy to adapt to Italian football,” he continued. “Now he is a reference point for Inter and for Argentina.”
Regarding Martinez’s future he said that “Top players will always be in demand by the top clubs. I am around Lauti every day and I see that he is very happy. His happiness makes me feel calm. He feels important here.”
Regarding Correa’s signing in the summer Zanetti stated that “I was very happy about the arrival of Tucu. He is a player we were looking for to complete the attack.”
“Today we have players with different characteristics,” he added. “Lautaro, Correa, Dzeko and Sanchz and our coach is getting the best out of them.”
On the departure of Argentine Lionel Messi from Barcelona he stated that “Nobody thought it could happen.”
Regarding the possibility of signing the former Barcelona captain in the summer he stated that “We were in the midst of a pandemic crisis, we could not afford such an investment that could jeopardize the future of the club.”
“We are a club that always tries to work harmoniously,” he closed, “with a very precise strategy. In recent years, an excellent job has been done on and off the pitch.”