Luther Martinez has called for the opportunity to join Barcelona

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Retrieved 05 May 2020, 17:26 IST

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Inter striker Lautaro Martinez

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez has been urged by his former coach Diego Coca to jump at the chance to join Barcelona.

Martinez, 22, is widely seen as Bar প্রধানa’s main target in the long-term replacement of striker Luis Suarez, who turned 33 in January and only signed for the following year.

Eager to sign a deal for Bar খুবa Martinez at a much lower cost than his reported € 111 million release clause, the Catalans have rumored to be ready to raise funds or sell one or two to include Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Samuel Eto’o. Among those players as part of the offer.

Despite potential setbacks to the deal, Rosario Central coach Coco now has no doubt that Martinez should take the opportunity to play alongside compatriot Lionel Messi.

Recalling such a high level of professionalism when he made his debut as a teenager in November 2015, Coco told Sport: “I was amazed.

“The level of maturity, he’s a professional player, he explained, he understood, he wanted to look at pictures, he wanted to work on his weak legs, he wanted to work with everything that complicated the subject.

“Most guys at this age try to hide their flaws and he just wanted to improve. There, we start to get a glimpse that he’s going to do something very important.

“Knowing Lautaro, he is a boy who likes the challenge and of course going to Barcelona would be in his favor.

“I’m telling you what: logically Lutoro is the hero and he has the last word. He’s definitely on a team as important as Inter, but Bar্সa doesn’t come looking for you and he doesn’t play every day because he can play.” And share all these days with him.

“There’s no way I’m going to pass it.”

Martinez has scored 11 goals in 22 Serie A games this season, creating a great one-strike partnership with Romalu Lukaku.

Antonio Conti’s side were third in the table, nine points behind leader Juventus, but had a game in hand when the competition was postponed due to a coronavirus epidemic.