Playing for Argentina with Lionel Messi is ‘a dream’ for Lautaro Martinez, but the Inter Milan striker’s agent insists there were no firm offers for him to join Barcelona or other top clubs
- No offers were made for Inter striker Lautaro Martinez, according to his agent
- Martinez had been strongly touted for a move to the Nou Camp all year
- Playing with Lionel Messi is a ‘dream’ for the 23-year-old striker, says Beto Yaque
- Martinez played alongside Messi in Argentina’s 1-0 win over Ecuador this week
Lautaro Martinez’s agent says there were never any concrete bids for the Inter Milan star from other top clubs, despite him being on Barcelona’s radar this year.
Martinez has been strongly touted for a move to the Nou Camp, where he would have linked-up with his international team-mate Lionel Messi.
Playing with Messi for his country is a ‘dream’ for the 23-year-old striker, according to his representative Beto Yaque, but he also confirmed that despite being in demand, no offers were put forward for his client.
Barcelona opted to give up on signing £90million Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez
Inter striker Martinez (right) was in action for Argentina in the 1-0 win over Ecuador this week.
Martinez is valued at around £90million by Inter and Barca were unable to meet the asking price, subsequently withdrawing from signing him during the transfer window.
Martinez played alongside Messi in Wednesday’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Ecuador in Buenos Aires.
And Yaque told TNT: ‘The move to Europe has made him improve, has enhanced his qualities and today he is one of the players who are playing at the highest level.
‘He is enthusiastic about the team and playing alongside Messi is a dream for him.’
‘Many things have been said about Lautaro’s possible transfer, there have been many rumours. Everyone wanted him but there was nothing concrete.’
Barcelona star Lionel Messi played in Argentina’s win over Ecuador, alongside Martinez
In the meantime, Martinez has continued to impress in Serie A, with three goals in three games for Inter so far this term.
‘He still has three years left on his contract, the transfer window has just closed, we haven’t sat down yet to talk about the renewal with Inter,’ Yaque added.
‘He is playing at a great level, last season was excellent for him and it is normal that he has attracted the attention of the great European clubs.’
And with a move to Spain off the table for now, Martinez looks set to stay at the San Siro for another season.
His contract is due to expire in 2023, but it seems likely that the striker will agree new terms with the club.
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