Lautaro Martinez's potential departure from Inter Milan this summer could be one of the biggest ever deals in Italian football. 'La Gazzetta dello Sport,' though, assure that Inter are not ready to let the striker go on the cheap and have warned interested clubs they will have to pay 11 million euros for the players.
Sources at the Italian club have told the newspaper that they will only accept a player as part-exchange to help bring the price down if they are really interested in the said player. Their objective is to sell for his release clause, which is active in the first two weeks of July.
Inter's directors have met with Lautaro's people to explain their stance. And they are clear that this is not the best summer to sell due to the expected financial fallout of the coronavirus crisis.
The Serie A side have asked him to stay for another season and said they will maintain the release clause for an additional year. They believe it will be better to sell when the market has had a chance to recover after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Barcelona are the club leading the chase for Lautaro. They have spoken with Inter, explaining they would like to do an operation that includes cash plus two or three players to bring the price down.
Inter are interested in some of the players in the Barcelona squad but as things stand they are not budging on their demands for the Argentine striker. Lautaro is clear that he wants to move to Barça, but if there's no agreement, he may end up having to wait until 2021.