While discussing Inter Milan’s recent transfer deals, the club’s CEO Beppe Marotta has said that he’s hoping to sit down with Lautaro Martinez with the aim of convincing the Argentine to stay at the Guissepe Meazza.
Martinez has been constantly linked with a move to Barcelona and the prospect of linking up with compatriot Lionel Messi could persuade him to join the Catalan club.
“Icardi was no longer part of our project,” Marotta told Corriere dello Sport. “We had to accommodate him in a satisfying way for him and us, and we did. The end was absolutely pleasant.
Marotta believes big transfer deals will cease to exist after the coronavirus pandemic.
“Don’t expect operations like Neymar, where you spend €500m including transfers and salaries. Those situations are utopian today.”
Marotta further pointed out that there’s no need to sell Lautaro this summer.
“Lautaro represents an important point of reference for the Inter team, we don’t need to sell him,” he added. “There’s a €111m release clause that expires on July 7. That’s the only tool to reach a sale.
“The player can wait and develop with Inter. We will meet him, we must make him understand that such a possibility can re-occur in the future, when he is more ready.”
“We have added some important pieces, the coach and some players. [Christian] Eriksen came in January as well.
“Inter now have a great visibility and charm. We have the appeal of the best years.”
The Inter CEO then spoke about January capture Christian Eriksen.
“There’s no question, he’s a great player. Conte will find the right place for him.”
He then revealed that some of the players who have been loaned out are still in Conte’s plans.
“We have an obligation. We can’t depreciate the value of our players. We evaluate everything with the coach. We want to keep Sensi.