Inter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti has confirmed that there have been no talks with any team for Lautaro Martinez despite the persistent links of a move away. The Argentine finished last season with 21 goals in all competitions which has spiked interest from Spain and England among others.
While the arrival of Antonio Conte transformed Inter Milan into a title contender, the Italian manager also helped revive Romelu Lukaku’s career. Not only that, it lead to a domino effect which has seen Lautaro Martinez thrive as the Argentine finished his second full season with Inter as one of their top scorers. However, that combined with his potential to grow even more has seen many clubs interested with Barcelona amongst his top suitors.
The La Liga giants believe the 23-year-old is Luis Suarez’s heir but they are not the only ones interested with Manchester City, Juventus and a few other teams all looking into Martinez. But amidst reports that Inter have opened a dialogue over a potential move for the striker, Javier Zanetti has refuted those claims and confirmed that there have been no negotiations. The Inter Milan vice-president further admitted that the 23-year-old is a key part of the club’s future and not someone they want to lose.
"We are very happy with Lautaro. I saw him when training resumed and he is very happy at Inter. Lautaro knows he is in a great club and he is growing a lot here thanks to the great work done by our coach. We have played 18 games in two months and he's played in almost all of them. As of today there are no negotiations. When you have good players and they are very young, it's very normal that other big clubs look at them but from what I see on a daily basis, Lautaro is very keen to continue his experience in Italy,” Zanetti said, reported ESPN.
"Lautaro is proving to be a great striker and it makes me happy for Inter's present and because I believe we have a No. 9 in Argentina's national team for many years to come. He is one of the most promising youngsters. Italian football is very complicated especially for strikers and he is proving maturity and a sense of being able to interpret his role. When he plays with [Romelu] Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, he does well. He is a team player and has a lot of value. There are many players that are part of the club's heritage and we need to keep that if one has a vision for the future," he added.