According to a report from the Daily Mail, Man City are targeting Inter Milan star forward Lautaro Martinez this summer among a plethora of other candidates following our successful UEFA CAS appeal on Monday morning – with the striker currently commanding a £98.8 million release clause.
Martinez, bagging 13 Serie A goals in 29 appearances this season, was heavily touted for a Barcelona move – but the recent global pandemic has made them rethink their plans to match his lofty price tag.
Should Man City sign Lautaro Martinez?
Yes, get the deal done
No, not for £98.8m
Now, with the Catalans seemingly pulling out, Man City could add Martinez to their list of summer recruits along with the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly and David Alaba.
Earlier this week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced that we had successfully appealed our two-year Champions League ban issued back in mid-February – with the punishment being overturned and the fine reduced to just €10 million (£9.5 million).
Following this verdict, City have been linked with a number of players who can help to bolster our squad in time for next season’s title challenge – and now Martinez has emerged as another key candidate.
According to WhoScored, whilst failing to match the same number of goals in all competitions as Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, the 22-year-old has averaged a superior amount of shots per 90 over the duo – highlighting the fact he is a threat going forward.
Whether or not we do manage to sign the attacker remains to be seen, but given the abundance of players linked, these next few weeks could prove exciting.