Operation Lautaro Martinez: Messi no longer a 'forbidden dream' for Inter

Moratti has made some surprising comments about the Argentine forward

Las cifras del argentino que han despertado el interés del Barça | Perform

Sergi Capdevila

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Barcelona have been chasing Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez for months and the Argentine striker is keen to move to Camp Nou. 

Inter are aware they could lose Lautaro at the end of the season -- whenever that is, depending on coronavirus -- and are looking at how they can benefit from the situation. 

The Italian club's former president Massimo Moratti has claimed that Lionel Messi is no longer a "forbidden dream" and even suggested he could be part of the deal for Lautaro. 

Speaking to radio station Rai about Lautaro, he said: "He's a really good guy and he cares about his career. But, as I have said before, we have to see if it’s part of an operation for bigger players, like Messi."

Obviously Inter know it's almost impossible that Barça would let Messi leave, but Moratti says "strange" things will happen when the campaign ends, pointing out that Messi's deal expires in 2021. 

He added: “I don’t know if this situation (with coronavirus) will change anything, but I think we will see strange things at the end of the season. 

“I don’t think (Messi) is a forbidden dream at all. Maybe it wasn’t even before this misfortune. He is at the end of his contract and it would certainly be attempted to bring him (to Inter)."

Lautaro Martínez y Leo Messi celebran un gol con la selección argentina | AFP

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