Dries Mertens, favorite to replace Lautaro Martinez

Dries Mertens is the favorite replacement for Inter Forward Lautaro Martinez

Dries Mertens is the favorite replacement for Inter Forward Lautaro Martinez

The rumors and information about the arrival of the Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez at Barcelona; once the season ends are gaining more strength every day and at Inter Milan, his club, are already beginning to take over from his star this summer.

In this situation, the Inter is working conscientiously to find a replacement level for Lautaro; and the latest news coming from Italy suggests that they would already have chosen their substitute for the next course.

As reported by ‘Italian newspaper’, Inter would be very close to reaching an agreement with Belgian Dries Mertens; a footballer for Napoli and a rival for Barça in the knockout stages of the Champions League; to become a new attacker for the team led by Antonio Conte.

Mertens ends his contract with Napoli at the end of the season, and they have not yet approached positions to renew him despite the desire of Gennaro Gattuso to have the club’s top historical scorer in the squad next year. He wants to sign his last contract before retiring and raising his current salary of five million euros per campaign; something that Inter could do if Lautaro Martínez left for Barça and left money in the club’s coffers.

Martinez has filled the shoes left by the departed Mauro Icardi this season. He has struck up a wonderful partnership with fellow striker Romelu Lukaku; helping the Belgian to excel during his first year in Italian football. But the Argentine’s exploits have not gone unnoticed, and Barcelona has made it clear that Martinez is their number one target for the summer. And when Barça wants a player, they usually get him.

In addition to the interest in Mertens, Inter Milan does not lose sight of Timo Werner; but it seems that the German striker has practically decided that his future lies in playing for Liverpool.

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