Racing Club forward Lautaro Martinez had admitted that he is flattered by speculation linking him with Serie A giants Inter Milan, although the 20-year-old has also maintained that his “head and mind” remain with the 14th-placed Superliga side.
According to AS, Inter Milan have won the race fort the Argentines’ signature, with the player expected to switch to the San Siro in the summer.
Lautaro Martínez with a hat-trick. ~€25 million looking like a steal for @inter right now.
— Juan G. Arango (@JuanG_Arango) February 5, 2018
The 20-year-old is said to have cost the Italian giants just £10.5 plus performance-related bonuses – even though he is said to have had a £15m release clause.
Martinez, who has scored seven times in just 11 caps for Argentina at Under-20 level, was thought to be interesting a number of clubs in Europe, including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. However, the Inter connection seems to have given the Nerazzurri the edge – with former player Diego Milito having partnered up with Martinez in Argentina.
“I learned so much from Milito. I’m almost embarrassed when speaking to him and Lisandro Lopez,” Martinez told GOAL.
“We all know the kind of player Diego was. He really helps you off the field and with advice in the locker room too.
Speaking after Sunday’s 4-0 victory, the 20-year-old, who scored his first hat-trick in the game, admitted that Inter’s interest has served as extra motivation.
“Undoubtedly it pushes you to keep working and improving,” he was quoted as saying after the game by Football ITALIA.
“However, I’ll say it again: my head and mind are here. I try to show that every weekend and I always train to improve.”