Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan dealt intensively with a transfer to FC Barcelona during the 2019/20 season, as the Argentine himself now admitted. “I was about to move to Barcelona,” he said ESPN Argentina.
Before making his decision, Martinez had already made inquiries about the Catalans: “I discussed it with Lionel Messi,” said the attacker, who stayed in Milan despite his desire to play for Blaugrana. “They had financial problems so I decided to continue at Inter,” said Martinez of FC Barcelona.
In the same interview, he also revealed that Barca’s arch-rivals Real Madrid have been interested in signing when Martinez was still playing for racing in Argentina. “At that time, Santiago Solari was at Real Madrid Castilla (Real Madrid’s second team, editor’s note). He came and watched me,” said the Inter striker.
“I didn’t want to be that far from home. They offered me a contract, but I didn’t feel ready to take the move,” he said, explaining why the Los Blancos failed.
Lautaro Martinez has played a large part in the current season with 15 goals and eight assists so far that Inter was able to break through the dominance of Juventus and secure the championship title.