CHELSEA’S hopes of landing Inter Mlan striker Lautaro Martínez have risen after his agent denied holding talks with Barcelona or Real Madrid.
As Manchester United have reportedly baulked at the Argentine’s £94million release clause, Chelsea are now the 22-year-old’s main Premier League suitors.
And Martínez’s representative Alberto Yaqué admits the Serie A superstar has “dreamed” of being in demand – but is focused on playing.
Yaque told Radio del Plata: “His constant growth makes the best teams in the world notice him and have that concept. Hopefully he will be rewarded for his effort. ”
“We have chatted with many people, but nothing more.
“For now those who call me are not directly employed by the club. There is nothing formal or serious.
“It is something dreamed of being the player in the market. He is not expecting anything, all he wants is to play and score goals.”
Martinez is said to be happy at happy at Inter but it has long been suggested a move to LaLiga would also interest him.
The strongest links so far have been with Barcelona, where reports in Spain even suggested he had agreed a dal with Nou Camp chiefs.
And it was even mooted today Barca want to offload £16.2m left-back Junior Firpo to help fund a £300m summer revamp, including signing Martinez.
But Real boss Zinedine Zidane is also thought to have tracked the Inter hero for several months before the coronavirus pandemic halted football action.
And now Yaqué’s comments appear to leave Martinez’s future wide open.