Fans have been reacting to a post on Twitter, which relays reports that claims Lautaro Martinez has reportedly told Inter Milan officials that he wants an increase in his current wages to kill off interest from Manchester City.
The Argentine striker is on Pep Guardiola’s hit list as he seeks a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero, whose contract expires with the Sky Blues at the end of this season.
While many quality strikers have been touted by City, none have been linked as much as Argentine Martinez, who enjoyed a brilliant season in Serie A with a record of a goal every two games last season.
According to the Mirror, Martinez, 23, is looking for an improved contract from Inter and is reportedly demanding somewhere in the neighborhood of £150,000-a-week in wages if he is to sign an extension at San Siro.
Inter are keen to tie Martinez down to a new deal as his current contract contains a £98m buyout clause. Spanish duo Real Madrid and Barcelona are also keen, yet will struggle to outbid City in the present climate.
The Argentine forward has scored 36 goals and registered 11 assists in his 96 appearances for the Italian giants. He has scored six goals and provided three assists in 13 appearances so far this season.
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In reaction to the report shared on Twitter by City Chief and Man City Xtra, City fans have expressed their thoughts and opinions on this latest update.
You can find some of the best comments from Twitter below:
Inter give him what he wants so City can get Haaland already…
— James (@JMC_OfficiaI) November 28, 2020
Its funny that you think missing Lautaro means they’ll get someone better. We’ll probably get someone worse instead
— ShiznickMCFC (@JanYoUnchained) November 28, 2020
Martinez is overrated. Never scores much
— BR4JK (@0ctaneMain) November 28, 2020
City is pursuing the wrong person
— THE AGBOLADE 🦁- (@agboladephilip) November 28, 2020
I wanted Ruben Dias But i don’t want Lautaro, Haaland is a way better option.
— Goat 🐐 (@GoatToure) November 29, 2020
Martinez Would be an absolute SHIT SIGNING!
1) It would cost £90+Mn to sign both (Haaland yr bef release clause)
2) Martinez scored 1 pt every 131min (26G/5A in 4,073min) vs Haaland 1pt/59 min (33G/6A in 2,357min) ‘19/20
3) Martinez is 5’8 to Haaland 6’4
4) Mart is 23, Haal is 20
— Brian Legg (@blegg2) November 28, 2020
We want only haaland ❤️ BTW Gabby is better than Martinez 😌
— Rohit Rawat (@ClassyAF96) November 29, 2020
I don’t even think he is near the young aguero level
— milinka karpova (@milinkakarpova) November 30, 2020