Negotiations between Barcelona and Inter over Lautaro Martinez have stalled again following comments from the Italian club's hierarchy to try and get more money out of the deal. Everything was progressing well, but there's still no breakthrough. Lautaro wants to move to Barça and will play his cards to put public pressure on Inter if he has to. He doesn't want to, but Inter aren't playing ball.
In the middle of May, Barça thought the operation was almost closed. The striker had said yes to a five-year deal and Inter, aware of that, became open to negotiating an exchange deal to bring down the 111 million euro price tag. The Blaugrana even thought they were close to a pre-agreement at the end of May, but Inter have put the brakes on again by asking for more cash.
Barça have never planned on going about 65 million and two players. The main problem was valuing the players given Inter rate Lautaro at 111 million but placed low valuations on the players offered to them. First, they were asking for 90 million cash and now 80 million plus one player.
The first tense negotiations led to Lautaro speaking to Inter coach Antonio Conte, to make it clear that he wanted to leave for Camp Nou this summer. He explained he would give his all until the end of the season but asked the club to respect his decision and talks moved on.
However, Inter still aren't budging and if they don't the forward could come out and speak in public. Barça are happy with the effort the player is making to force a move through.