Barcelona’s reported interest in Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martínez is such that in May 2020 their then-manager Quique Setién was moved to speak about him. Their need to rebuild has perhaps contributed to those reports, but that he has an understanding with the great Lionel Messi from their time together in the Argentina national team is also no doubt influential.
For Inter’s part, he has remained a consistent figure in Antonio Conte’s improving team, and to the extent that Alexis Sánchez is often struggling for selection. “The player is serious and focused,” Conte recently said when asked of Lautaro. “He’s doing well and must continue to do so. He has considerable margins of growth, (but) he’s already grown up impressively. He’s a serious guy, he’s committed and working. I’m glad to have him at my disposal.”