Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has not dismissed the idea of in-form forward Lautaro Martinez leaving the club should he want to.
Martinez has scored 13 goals in 21 appearances for Antonio Conte’s side this season, yet he couldn’t help the team overcome Barcelona on Tuesday as they crashed out of the Champions League.
Now, Barca themselves are reportedly interested in the 22-year-old and see him as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez – and Marotta hasn’t completely dismissed the speculation.
‘If Lautaro wants to leave we will evaluate the situation,’ Marotta told Italian outlet Sports Mediaset.
‘We are Inter and we don’t necessarily have to sell to anyone. We want to grow up with important young players like Lautaro and Romelu Lukaku.
‘If Lautaro wants to continue with us, we will be happy. He is with us right now.’
Not sure why Marotta would utter this statement. It embolden’s clubs to continue to pursue Martinez, who is turning into one of the best young strikers in the world.
All he had to say was that the Argentina international was not for sale and all the transfer speculation ends. Instead, Marotta made sure that the future of Martinez will be discussed and debated for the next eight months, until the summer transfer window closes.