Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Manchester United have requested information from Inter Milan regarding a possible transfer of Lautaro Martinez, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Fans of Paris).
Lionel Messi, Martinez’s teammate in the Argentine national team, has already spoken to him about a move to PSG. The Nerazzurri are understandably unconvinced by such a proposal, and Martinez has asked not to talk about leaving just yet.
He was in fine form when Inter faced Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League on October 12, scoring and assisting in a 3-3 draw at Camp Nou. It’s performances like these that have made the Argentine one of the best strikers in the world.
World-class strikers are a rare commodity, especially in Martinez’s age bracket. The 25-year-old is under contract with Inter until the summer of 2026 which could see the club award him a high valuation.
The need for a PSG striker could be amplified in the coming months as Kylian Mbappe is reportedly eager to leave the club. The Frenchman is disillusioned with the contract he signed at Parc des Princes this summer.
Real Madrid could supposedly make a move for him if an opportunity arises, while Liverpool have also been touted as an option. Martinez, in this regard, could be a smart contingency plan for the Ligue 1 giants.
He started the Serie A season in terrific fashion, scoring three goals and assisting once in his first four games. However, he failed to make any tangible contribution in the five games that followed.
Manchester United interested in AC Milan star over PSG’s Kylian Mbappe early in his career
According to the Mirror, Manchester United are interested in making a move for AC Milan’s Rafael Leao.
The striker was apparently dubbed the ‘Portuguese Mbappe’ early in his career. He certainly passed the comparisons with the PSG superstar as he won the ‘Serie A Player of the Year’ award last season by registering 11 goals and 10 assists.
Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested in Leao. The Portuguese youngster is entering the best years of his career and only has a year and a half left on his contract. His contract with AC Milan expires on June 30, 2024.
He reportedly refused to renew his contract when Milan offered him a five-year deal. Manchester United’s interest in Leao comes after signing wingers Jadon Sancho and Antony in back-to-back summer transfer windows.