Cape Town - Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez's
representatives have reportedly met with Manchester City officials regarding a
The highly rated Argentina striker Martinez is currently hot
property, with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona said to be readying
big-money bids next summer.
Martinez has notched 13 goals in 22 appearances for Inter
this term and has a clause in his present contract that can see him leave for
£110 million during the first two weeks in July.
Inter in recent weeks have attempted to get the player to
sign an improved deal to get rid of the trigger price, with an improved salary
of £120,000-per-week currently sat on the table.
However, it's understood his advisers were in London last
weekend seeing Pep Guardiola's team run out comfortable 3-0 winners over the
misfiring Gunners, speaking afterwards to members from City's staff.
The Citizens are actively scouting Sergio Aguero's long-term
successor, with the club's record goalscorer not expected to extend his stay
when his contract runs out in the summer of 2021.
There are suggestions the South American has personally
flagged up Martinez's potential to his superiors and City's scouts in Italy are
now in regular attendance at the San Siro.
'Kun' has struck up a friendship with the powerful
22-year-old, which could yet prove a useful ace up the sleeve for Guardiola,
should he decide to move forward on a concrete offer next summer.
The Manchester giants are acutely aware they will eventually
need to spend big on an Aguero replacement - although City insiders revealed
this week Guardiola may have as much as £300m to spend on overhauling his squad
over the next 12 months - with Martinez's camp seemingly already trying to
position their client near the top of his shopping list.
Inter Milan are eager not to lose on half of their potent strike
force - alongside Romelu Lukaku - and have reportedly pointed towards any
interested clubs towards the £93.4 million release clause in his contract.
- TeamTalk Media