Lautaro Martinez ‘gets closer to Barcelona’ as they crank up the pressure on Inter Milan… with fiery midfielder Arturo Vidal set to be used as part of a swap deal
- Barcelona are set to reignite their interest in Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez
- Reports in Spain suggest Arturo Vidal could be used to help secure Martinez
- The Catalan club are waiting to hear back from Inter over a potential move
Barcelona will reignite their interest in Lautaro Martinez should Inter Milan decide to sell their star striker, according to reports in Spain.
The Catalan giants have contacted Inter over his availability and are now waiting to hear back from the Italian club before making a move.
According to Spanish news outlet Sport, Barcelona will offer Arturo Vidal as part of a swap deal in a bid to secure a move for Martinez – with Inter boss Antonio Conte keen on signing the Chilean midfielder.
Barcelona are set to reignite their interest in Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez
Reports in Spain claim Barca are waiting to hear back from Inter over Argentine’s availability
Vidal’s deal runs until the end of June next year, but he is eager to leave the club.
Vidal made 43 appearances for Barcelona last season, scoring eight goals, but will likely leave the club this summer – with Inter leading the race for his signature.
However, any move to the Nou Camp for Martinez is now in the balance after recent reports suggested the Argentine has been put off by the switch.
Barcelona are in meltdown at the moment and are facing a mass exodus of first-team stars under new coach Ronald Koeman.
Barcelona would use Arturo Vidal in a swap deal to entice Inter into letting Martinez leave
Lionel Messi sent shockwaves through the footballing world last month after he told the club that he no longer wanted to stay – putting Europe’s elite on red alert.
Koeman is also facing a mass exodus of first-team players – with Luis Suarez reportedly being shown the exit by the Dutch manager.
The toxic summer could get even worse for Barcelona, should Inter decide to try and tie Martinez down to a new contract.
The 23-year-old had a £100million release clause in his contract, which expired over the summer.
Inter are keen to sign Vidal this summer, with Antonio Conte rating the midfielder highly
His proposed new deal could eradicate any chance of a release clause in the future, meaning Barcelona would have to pay the market price for the Inter striker.
Martinez scored 21 goals in 49 appearances for Conte’s side last season, who finished one point behind Serie A winners Juventus before finishing as runners-up in the Europa League last month.
He moved to Milan from Argentinian side Racing Club for a £20m fee in July 2018.