MILAN: Rising Argentinean star Lautaro Martínez, touted as a potential newcomer in Jorge Sampaoli’s 2018 World Cup squad, is set to sign a deal worth over 25 million euros (RM121 million) with Inter Milan, the Italian press reported on Friday.
The 20-year-old striker, who plays for Racing Club and the Argentina under-20 national team, has opted for Inter ahead of Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, and Valencia, and will join the northern Italian outfit this summer, Gazzetta dello Sport reported.
“Everything is going well for Lautaro’s departure. It’s 99% he’ll play for Inter Milan next year,” his agent Ronaldo Zarate told Argentina’s Radio La Red in quotes carried by the Italian press.
According to Gazzetta, Martínez will sign a five-year contract worth 20 million euros (RM97 million), and will earn 1.5 million euros (RM7.3 million) per season. The contract will have a 120-million-euro (RM582 million) release clause – 10 million euros (RM49 million) more than Inter’s Argentinean striker Mauro Icardi, who has been touted for a move away from Inter next summer.
“Next week we’ll try to finalize the remaining details and conclude the sale of Lautaro Martínez,” Racing Club president Víctor Blanco told Radio La Red.
Martínez has scored seven goals and had three assists in eight matches for Racing this season, with Argentina’s former Inter Milan players Diego Milito and Javier Zanetti reported to have acted as intermediaries with the Italian club.