Manchester United plot audacious move for Lautaro Martinez


Manchester United have held talks with Lautaro Martinez over a potential summer move, according to Spanish publication Marca.

The 22-year-old has been in fine form for Inter Milan this term having scored 12 goals in 22 appearances at the club.

As a result the Argentine has been linked with a number of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Martinez had been widely expected to complete a summer move to Barcelona, with the Spanish giants keen to bring him in as a long term successor to Luis Suarez.

But according to reports Barcelona are feeling wary about financial implications of a move following their decision to ask players to take a paycut amid the current global pandemic.

It’s reported that Martinez could attract a fee in the region of £100million, but with Barcelona stalling on a move it has opened the door for Manchester United to enter the race.

The Red Devils are keen to bolster their attacking line and as such are being credited with an interest alongside Real Madrid.

Whether Martinez could be tempted by a move to Old Trafford remains up for debate, as does the question of whether United could afford to stump up such a substantial fee.

GIVEMESPORT’S Phil Spencer says…

What a move this would be for Manchester United.

Lautaro Martinez is only the hottest properties in European football at the moment and they could do a lot worse than swooping for him.

A move could be tricky to pull off given Barcelona’s interest in the player and the opportunity for the Argentine to play alongside Lionel Messi, but ultimately it’s a game where money talks.

If United are keen to get back to their former glory then they need to compete with the best in the world for the top talent, and that’s certainly the case here.

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