Lautaro Martinez ‘to spark a war’ between Barcelona and Real Madrid this summer as Clasico rivals ‘prioritise’ Inter Milan striker… but interested clubs will need to trigger his £95m release clause to get him
- Lautaro Martinez is attracting interest from a host of top clubs across Europe
- Reports in Spain say Barcelona and Real Madrid ‘will go to war’ to land the striker
- The Argentine has a £95m release clause in his contract that can be triggered
- Manchester United and Manchester City previously got credited with interest
Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to ‘go to war’ over the signing of Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez this summer.
The 22-year-old Argentine will find himself as a man in demand having produced an impressive season to date to keep Inter in Serie A title contention.
And according to Mundo Deportivo, El Clasico rivals are ‘prioritising’ a new striker ahead of next season and Martinez – who has a €111million (£95m) release clause in his contract – has emerged as their top No 9 target.
Lautaro Martinez will cause a ‘war’ between rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid this summer
Barcelona are believed to view Martinez as a long-term successor to Luis Suarez, who is 33 and 11 years older than the Inter star.
Suarez is out for the rest of the season, along with Frenchman Ousmane Dembele and Quique Setien is desperately seeking new bodies for next season to ease the burden of goals on Lionel Messi, Martinez’s Argentine counterpart.
For Real Madrid, they have struggled to score goals since Cristiano Ronaldo departed and summer signing Luka Jovic has failed to hit the ground running at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Manchester United and Manchester City have previously been credited with interest in the player but there is growing belief that Spain is his most likely destination, should he choose to exit Inter.
His current deal at the San Siro expires in June 2023 having signed a five-year deal in 2018 when he joined from Racing Club.
Martinez is seen as a player yet to hit his peak and has major upside at the age of just 22
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