- Lautaro Martinez appears to have shun interests from Barcelona to join Real Madrid
- Los Blancos are said to have completed a £92m move for the Argentine forward
- The 23-year-old scored a total of 21 goals across competitions for Inter Milan's last campaign
Spanish League champions Real Madrid have reportedly beaten their arch-rivals Barcelona to the signing of Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez this transfer window.
The 23-year-old was said to have joined Los Blancos in a staggering £92 million deal from Inter Milan.
Reports claim that the transfer will see Luka Jovic who has failed to establish himself at the Santiago Bernabeu move the other way as part of the package.
It cost Zinedine Zidane about £55 million to sign the Serbian attacker from Eintracht Frankfurt last year as reported by Sport Bible.
Meanwhile, Martinez has been heavily linked with Barcelona all summer long after his impressive displays for Inter last campaign. But Real might win his heart over in the end.
He helped Inter reach the Europa League final after scoring 21 goals across competitions but eventually bowed to Sevilla in a 3-2 encounter last month
Meanwhile, Sport Bible quoting Italian football reporter Fabrizio Romano insisted that Los Blancos have not made any contact with the Serie A giants over the transfer of their man.
And the Bernabeu outfit is yet to make any solid signing this summer owing to the harsh effects of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
The publication however hinted that the La Liga outfit is planning to spend big next summer with Zidane looking to sign Kylian Mbappe, Dayot Upamecano and Eduardo Camavinga - including Borussia Dortmund phenom Erling Haaland in 2022
Legit.ng earlier reported that Lautaro Martinez is the preferred player Lionel Messi hopes Barcelona could bring in to replace Luis Suarez who has been told to leave the Catalan club, but Inter say there are no discussions going on.
Messi has just accepted to see-off his contract which lapses next summer at the Spanish club, but he won’t commit another long term future with the Blaugrana if fresh players are not signed.
And Barcelona need more investment in future stars if they have any hope of retaining their captain who wants the club to sign fellow Argentine Martinez.
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