Lautaro Martinez is set to sign a contract extension at Inter – with the new deal including an ‘anti Juventus’ clause.
Martinez has established himself as one of the most exciting young forwards in world football after joining Inter from Racing Club in his native Argentina in 2018, and was the subject of great interest from Barcelona during the window. transfer 2020.
A move to the Catalan giants ultimately failed, and although the forward admitted in January that it was a “big dream” to play alongside compatriot Lionel Messi at Barcelona, he is now preparing to sign. his long-term future for Inter.
Italian media report (via Marca) that Martinez’s agents Beto Yaque and Rolando Zarate are in talks with Inter to extend his current contract – which runs until 2023 – for another season.
The new deal will include his current € 111m buyout clause, but with the addition of a € 150m “anti-Juventus” buyout clause if their Serie A rivals try to pull him away from San Siro. Martinez will also receive an exceptional salary increase, which will allow him to pocket 7 million euros per year, or approximately 150,000 euros per week.
News that Martinez has reached a new deal may not be expected, having spoken earlier in the month of his happiness in the city of Milan, as well as his admiration for Messi.
“It was a big dream for me,” admitted Martinez. “It’s amazing to play with him (Messi), he is the best player in the world and I have the chance to play with him in the national team. He is a source of inspiration for young players.
“I’m happy at Inter, Milan are a great city. My agent and the club are talking and I am calm. I just want to give my all for Inter, and then we’ll come to an agreement. ”
His continued good form and prolific partnership with strike partner Romelu Lukaku, sent Inter within two points of neighborhood rivals and AC Milan table tops, while Antonio Conte’s side seeks to dethrone Juventus as champions after eight successive seasons of Scudetto dominance.