Italian journalist Fabrizio Biasin says that Lautaro Martinez is asking Inter Milan for a wage package totalling €36 million net over three years.

Writing in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Libero, via FCInter1908, Biasin outlined his understanding of the state of contract extension negotiations between the Nerazzurri and their captain.

What is clear is that contract negotiations between Inter and Martinez are hung up on wages.

The Nerazzurri have been in talks with the 26-year-old’s agent for months now.

And while there is no doubt that Martinez would like to stay at the club where he wears the captain’s armband, he has yet to sign on the dotted line.

That is undoubtedly because Inter’s offer has yet to get high enough for the Argentine’s demands.

What is murkier is exactly how much Martinez wants. That would be crucial in determining whether Inter can feasibly go high enough in their offer to convince their captain.

Biasin: Lautaro Martinez Wants 36M Net Over Three Years From Inter

Italian journalist Biasin writes that “Behind the superficial declarations (on the one hand, “Of course Lautaro will extend, there are not problems, on the other, “I love Milano, everything is beautiful”) the truth is that the parties are in a very sticky situation and at a stalemate.”

“Some would say that’s normal, the transition between Zhang and Oaktree is involved.”

“But that issue actually matters nought,” Biasin writes.

“As is so often the case in the market, the problem concerns the gap between supply and demand.”

Biasin characterizes the gulf between Inter’s offer and Martinez’s demands as “currently unbridgeable.”

The journalist reports that “Faced with an offer from the club that totals around 10 million net per season between the fixed amount and add-ons, [Martinez’s agent Alejandro] Camano sticks to lavish demands.”

“That is, he wants a three-year ‘upward’ contract that will, when all is said and done, guarantee around 36 million net to Il Toro.”

“Even a Plutonian unaccustomed to our terrestrial mathematics can understand that this gap currently appears massive,” Biasin writes ironically.

“This tug-of-war is making the Nerazzurri board very nervous.”

“They’re eager to understand what the terms of engagement are.”

“Is Lautaro really demanding that amount? (12 million net per season to start)” Biasin poses. “If so, the conclusion is obvious: He doesn’t intend to extend his contract (the Nerazzurri can’t possible offer that much.)”

“Does Lautaro already have a club willing to offer him that amount?” Biasin continued.

“Possibly. Although it’s hard to imagine which one.”

“Is Lautaro willing to meet his club?” Biasin poses. “Then if so it’s best to communicate it quickly. To avoid a very unpleasant split.”