The front page of Friday’s edition of El Mundo Deportivo leads on the Catalan media outlet’s interview with Messi with the headline: “Lautaro is very complete”.
“If I’m honest with you, I’m not sure if there were or are negotiations right now for him, I have no idea,” Messi is cited as saying by El Mundo Deportivo.
“I have said this before but Lautaro is an impressive striker, especially because I think he is very complete. He is strong, he dribbles very well, he can score goals and he knows how to protect the ball. We will see what’s going to happen with him.”
There was no mention of United, however, last week United’s lure of a huge contract offer was not expected to be enough to sign the 22-year-old.
Catalan publication Sport (via Sport Witness), reported Martinez had become a target for Manchester United, who may be looking for a big-name striker despite the relative successes of Marcus Rashford and Odion Ighalo this season.
Martinez has netted 16 goals 31 appearances for Inter this campaign, and has particularly impressed in Europe, scoring five in six outings in the Champions League.
The striker’s current deal runs to June 2023 and he has a €111m release clause.