Inter Milan have identified four possible replacements for Lautaro Martinez, reports claim. The Argentine forward is still considered a top priority for Barcelona in the upcoming transfer window.
Inter Milan look to have fallen short in their pursuit of a first league title since the 2009-10 campaign.
Antonio Conte’s Italian heavyweights were neck-and-neck with Juventus for much of the season.
But successive Serie A defeats to their main challengers have seen them fall eight points behind Maurizio Sarri’s side with ten games remaining.
Much of their success can be credited to the strike partnership of Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, who have combined to score 31 of their 56 league goals.
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But the Argentine’s exploits have attracted attention from Barcelona.
The Spanish champions have been negotiating with Inter for several months and will continue their efforts this summer.
His arrival would represent Quique Setien’s second new arrival with a swap deal involving Arthur and Miralem Pjanic expected to be announced on Monday.
Inter are assessing options for Martinez’s replacement and, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, have four names on their shortlist.
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It’s claimed Manchester United star Anthony Martial, Arsenal talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City and Andrea Belotti are wanted at the San Siro.
Back in February, Calciomercato claimed Inter would test United’s resolve with a £59.2million bid for the Frenchman.
The deal never materialised and Martial’s resurgence in form, including a hat-trick against Sheffield United, makes it extremely unlikely Ed Woodward and co. would be prepared to green-light his departure.
Aubameyang, 31, could represent the most likely option for Conte with the Gabon international’s contract set to expire in just over 12 months.
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