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Inter Milan 'open Lautaro Martinez contract talks after holding off Barcelona interest'

Inter 'open Martinez contract talks after holding off Barca interest'
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Inter Milan are in talks with Barcelona target Lautaro Martinez over a new deal at San Siro, according to a report.

Inter Milan are reportedly in talks with Lautaro Martinez over a new contract at San Siro.

The 23-year-old enjoyed an impressive 2019-20 campaign for Inter, scoring 21 times in 49 appearances in all competitions, including five goals in six Champions League outings.

Barcelona had allegedly identified the Argentina international as their leading target to replace Luis Suarez but were unable to come up with the necessary funds due to the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Inter are believed to have valued Martinez around the £90m mark, which Barca were unable to get close to without including a number of players as makeweights.

The striker is contracted to Antonio Conte's side until June 2023, but according to Calciomercato, the club have opened talks over a new deal, which is likely to include a pay rise.

Martinez has already scored three times in three Serie A appearances this season.

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