Lautaro was closely associated with the move to Barça at the beginning of the year, especially during the coronavirus’s hiatus.

Lautaro is out of the market now

Piero Ausilio has said Barcelona approached Lautaro Martinez, but the forward is now “out of the market”. Lautaro was closely associated with the move to Barça at the beginning of the year, especially during the coronavirus’s hiatus. During this period, speculation was widespread, with the media reporting that Barça viewed Lautaro as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez. But such has been the internal turbulence at Barça over the past couple of months, especially after Lionel Messi asked to leave, and ties between the Catalans and Lautaro have gone quiet. Lautaro’s contract included a release clause until July, but after its expiration, Inter considers the Argentine international to be non-transferable. There was an approach for Barcelona’s player, but we never started negotiations,” Inter sporting director told journalists.

Inter aren’t interested in the signing of Messi

“There was a clause that was never launched, and from the day it expired, we considered Lautaro out of the market”. Ausilio was also quick to emphasize that Messi will not move in the opposite direction. “You were telling the truth when you said that there is nothing. I don’t know where these ideas come from,” Ausilio said of the Barcelona superstar’s move. In the transfer market, we must be careful and smart. We know what we have to do. First of all, the exits. Through them, we will finance newcomers. The opportunities are few, and the ones that we can take are not so expensive. But that is not to say Inter will not be doing any business with Barça, as Ausilio has also expressed interest in signing midfielder Arturo Vidal.

“We like Arturo Vidal, but he is a Barcelona player,” he said. “If he is released under the right conditions, we will think about signing him.” Ausilio also added that another midfielder associated with Inter, N’Golo Kante, would not arrive at San Siro. “We never started signing Kante from Chelsea. No chance. He’s not a target,” said Ausilio.