According to Spanish publication Marca, Barcelona’s hopes of signing Lautaro Martinez before the transfer deadline are now over after the Catalan outfit tabled an unacceptable bid for the Inter Milan star.
Marca report that Barcelona have been preparing a bid for the striker for some time, freeing up funds from the departures of Nelson Semedo, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and his predecessor Luis Suarez.
It’s claimed that Barcelona presented a shocking offer of an initial fee of just €15m to Lautaro’s agents, Beto Yaque and Roly Zarate, Barcelona wanted to discuss add-ons at a later stage.
To contextualise just how disrespectful this offer was, Marca reported last week that Inter were sticking firm to their €90m valuation of the 23-year-old.
Marca state that Lautaro’s agents are now returning to Milan with one thing in mind, a new contract. It’s even suggested that the Argentine had expected a move to be sealed after agreeing personal terms.