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Martinez to Barca unlikely as Inter say he's happy at San Siro

The Argentine has been linked with a move to the Blaugrana but for the moment it appears he is staying put

 
11:21am on Tuesday 8th September 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

There has been no contact between Barcelona and Inter with regards to the transfer of Lautaro Martinez, according to Nerazzurri director Javier Zanetti.

Throughout the 2019/20 season, the Argentine has been rumoured to be a key target of the Blaugrana, with the club keen to see him hook up in a new-look attacking line-up alongside compatriot Lionel Messi.

However, since Ronald Koeman's arrival as a replacement for Quique Setien any reports of a swoop for Martinez have quietened, with the Dutchman focusing on other targets like Gini Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay.

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Messi reportedly wants Martinez at Barca, and any move for his national team colleague could in some part mend the fractured relationship between the club captain and the club hierarchy.

However, according to Zanetti, there have been no discussions this summer.

"In his case, being just a young player with such potential, it's normal for other teams to look at him," the Inter legend told Libero on TyC Sports.

"But what I see each day is a Lautaro who wants to stay in Italy.

"At the moment, there are no negotiations between Inter and Barcelona. We're happy with him and I know he's happy here too.

"He knows that he's at a great club and that he's improving a lot thanks to the coach [Antonio Conte]."

Last season, Martinez struck up an impressive partnership with Romelu Lukaku and scored 14 goals in 35 appearances for Inter in Serie A.

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