Lautaro Martinez: Barcelona hold off on race to sign Argentine this window

Lautaro Martinez: Barcelona hold off on race to sign Argentine this window

- Lautaro Martinez's move to Barcelona might have been put on hold for now

- The Catalans were hoping to sign the Argentine as a replacement for Luis Suarez

- They are now hoping they push for Memphis Depay's deal before the transfer window closes

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Barcelona have reportedly abandoned their chase for the Argentine superstar, Lautaro Martinez this window.

The Inter Milan attacker has been on the radar of the Catalan club all through this year but the La Liga outfit is unable to meet the £90 million price his club demanded.

Martinez whose current contract with the Serie A team expires in 2023 scored 21 goals and seven assists in 49 appearances last term.

He was instrumental to their Europa League campaign last term - though they lost in the final to Spanish League side, Sevilla.

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Daily Mail reports that the financial crisis caused by the deadly coronavirus is responsible for backing down from the race.

Lautaro Martinez: Barcelona hold off on race to sign Argentine this window
Lautaro Martinez thumbs up to fans during Inter Milan's training. Getty Images
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Although, reports claim they will continue to look for a quality replacement for Luis Suarez who scored a brace on his debut for Atletico Madrid after his £5.5 million move to the club last week.

New Barca manager, Ronald Koeman was said to have informed the Uruguay international he was no longer needed at the Camp Nou.

The publication believes Martinez would have fit into Suarez's shoes without any major concern but the inability to raise funds for his deal has taken a bad toll on the process.

He opened his Italian League goal account last weekend after scoring in his side's win over Fiorentina.

Sources close to Inter reveals that the striker has a £101 million release clause in his contract but that option expired in July.

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Antonio Conte's bosses are said to be considering an offer of about £73m for their striker and will refuse to accept additional players as part of the deal, according to Calciomercato.

Barca are reluctant to spend that huge amount on just one player as they require quality players at centre-back and right-back before the summer window closes.

With his proposed move to La Liga currently suspended, Martinez will shift focus to helping Inter win the league this season after narrowly losing it to Juventus last campaign.

Meanwhile they will try and sign Lyon forward Memphis Depay, who Koeman managed at the international level, as an alternative option for their forward line. earlier reported that Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang recently ended all speculations linking him away from the Emirates Stadium after signing a new three-year deal with the club.

As it stands, his new long-term deal will see him represent the North London club until the summer of 2023.

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