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Barcelona Want to Secure Martinez without Activating Release Clause

Barcelona are eager to reach an arrangement for Argentine Lautaro Martinez, Goal reports.

But the Liga giants have no intention of activating the €111 million (£100m/$125 m) release clause of Inter’s Martinez deal.

Barca’s plan is to bring down the price tag for Lautaro, with the player being understood to be open for talks to be transferred.

Barca believes that an agreement can be reached but, taking into account the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic, they see the asking price of the 22-year-old as considerably lower than his current mark.

They were busy working together preparations for some summer company behind the scenes, with Goal announcing back in April that a lucrative deal for Lautaro is being planned.

The Catalans are hoping these terms will help their cause, the club being unable to splash €111 m on one player in the next window even if they wanted to.

Once asked about the rumored interest that Barca has in Lautaro, Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu told RAC1: “I’m not concerned about transactions. We didn’t mark the contracts in the calendar for when they will be done.

In the meantime, Inter Chief Executive Giuseppe Marotta told DAZN that the Series A outfit “does not want to sell their champions unless the player wants to leave.”

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