Stars Inter Milan, Lautaro Martinez, revealed that he almost joined Barcelona.
It’s no secret that Barcelona desperately wants Lautaro Martinez’s signature.
Rumors about Lautaro Martinez’s move from Inter Milan to Barcelona have been around since last season.
Barcelona is eager to bring Lautaro Martinez as the successor to Luis Suarez, who has now left Atletico Madrid.
However, the rumors of Lautaro Martinez’s transfer dimmed after Barca sacked Quique Setien and appointed Ronald Koeman as the new coach.
Ronald Koeman is reportedly not interested in signing Lautaro Martinez even though he has already let go of Luis Suarez.
Not only that, but financial problems also made Barcelona close the door for Lautaro Martinez.
Recently, the 23-year-old player admitted he was very close to joining Barcelona.
He has even discussed his move plan with the Barcelona superstar and compatriot Lionel Messi.
“I am very close to joining Barcelona. I even discussed it with Messi,” said Lautaro Martinez as quoted by the Italian Football.
“However, Barcelona experienced economic problems at that time. So, I decided to stay at Inter,” he said.
Despite failing to anchor to the Spanish giants, Lautaro Martinez’s decision to stay at Inter Milan also bears sweet fruit.
The player who was nicknamed El Toro managed to become the champion of the Italian League 2020-2021.
“It proved to be the right decision, especially since we went on to win the Scudetto,” he said.
“It’s amazing to win a title with such an important club,” said Lautaro Martinez.
Furthermore, Lautaro Martinez also revealed that he had been approached by Real Madrid. This moment occurred when Lautaro Martinez was still defending the Argentine club, Racing Club.
“Real Madrid did come to me twice when I was at the Racing Club youth team, but I want to make my name in Argentine football first and only move to Europe when it’s ready,” he said.
“I dream of one day returning to Racing. The fans share the same passion as the Inter fans,” concluded Lautaro Martinez.