Barcelona are preparing a €112m swoop for Inter breakout striker Lautaro Martinez, claim reports in Argentina, after his Copa America exploits.
The forward turns 22 in August and has been a sensation for La Seleccion this summer, scoring in back-to-back games and earning praise from the media.
He is the top scorer in the Lionel Scaloni era and has five goals in just nine senior caps for his country playing alongside Leo Messi.
According to Radio La Red, Barcelona have decided Lautaro is a far better target than his Inter teammate Mauro Icardi and are preparing a bid worth €112m.
It’s a remarkable leap considering the Nerazzurri only paid Racing Club €14m plus bonuses a year ago.
Racing would be due 10 per cent of any future transfer, while it’s believed Lautaro does have a release clause worth €112m in his contract.
It was not a bad debut Serie A season for ‘El Toro’, who scored nine goals and provided two assists in 35 competitive games for Inter.
The sale would allow the Nerazzurri to bring in Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United and Roma veteran Edin Dzeko, who are both specific requests from new Coach Antonio Conte.