Lautaro Martinez rejects both Madrid sides for Serie A moveMarch 9, 2018
Lautaro Martinez has rejected both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid for the chance to join Italian side Inter Milan.
The Argentine U20 striker has been impressing on all counts in his homeland, scoring 12 goals in 15 appearances this season.
With interest from Madrid duo Atletico and Real, Martinez was expected to move abroad last summer but a late scupper in a deal to the Wanda Metropolitano saw him remain in Argentina.
Italian side Inter have long been labelled with interest, previously being subject to claims that they had met his release clause of £8.5m, and it is now being reported that a move has been completed.
But, Martinez’s agent, Rolando Zarate has now confirmed to TyC Sports: “Martinez will go to Inter for a total of 30 million dollars [€24m].”
“I’ve always talked to the Nerazzurri about him going in June, they’ll never agree to leave him in Argentina until December.”
Having began his career with Liniers in his town of birth, Bahia Blanca – Martinez moved to Racing to continue his development, gaining respect from the Argentine national setup, where he has represented his country at U20 level, netting eight goals in 11 caps.
The move will come as a blow to both Atleti and Real after both have spent resources on sending club scouts to cast an eye over the striker in recent times.
In the meantime, the young attacker will be hoping he can gain a place in the Argentine national squad for the summer World Cup in Russia.