Thursday July 4 2019
Inter deny Barca-Lautaro links

Javier Zanetti insists Barcelona have made no offers for Lautaro Martinez and that Inter are planning for the future with the striker.

Barca were reportedly readying a €112m bid for Martinez following his positive impression at Copa America, but Zanetti made it clear his fellow Argentine was staying put.

“Inter haven’t received any offers,” the Nerazzurri Vice-President told TyC Sports.

“I hope Lautaro keeps going like this. For us he’s an important player and we see him with our shirt.

“I’m very happy because he did very well in his first season. It’s not easy and at only 21 he showed personality.”

However, Zanetti was bitter in his assessment of Argentina’s 2-0 to Brazil in the Copa America semi-finals.

“Today we have the technology that can help referees,” he continued.

“Brazil’s second goal could’ve been an Argentina penalty, with Dani Alves sent off. It happened in Italy during a match between SPAL and Fiorentina.

“The SPAL goal was disallowed, the referee overturned his decision and gave Fiorentina a penalty.

“I still can’t come to terms with what happened because this match was seen by the whole world.”