Inter Star on Real Madrid Radar as a Secondary Option

Real Madrid need a top-end striker to replace Karin Benzema and had some contacts with Inter to gather intel on Lautaro Martinez. The Nerazzurri haven’t planned his departure, but nobody in their squad is truly untouchable considering their struggling finances, Calciomercato relays.

Les Merengues will focus their efforts on Kylian Mbappé for as long as possible. However, they could eventually turn their attention toward different marksmen if PSG kept repelling them. The Argentine would be among the main fallbacks.

According to the Spanish publication Sport (via Virgilio), Real Madrid hold Martinez in high regard, but they won’t sign him at all costs. Inter slapped a €100M price tag on their ace in the early discussions. Los Galacticos are unwilling to match the request at this stage. However, they might be more prone later on if they can’t onboard the French star.

The Nerazzurri’s attack have had revolving doors in the early portion of the window. Edin Dzeko left to join Fenerbahce on a Bosman move, while they snatched Marcus Thuram in the same fashion by pipping Milan at the post. They’d like to bring back Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, but a simple loan won’t be enough.

Our Take on Martinez and Real Madrid

While the Sandro Tonali affair shows that everybody is available for the right sum, La Beneamata, even though their economic situation is worse than Milan, always resisted the temptation of selling core players that represent the heart and soul of the team like him, Nicolò Barella, and Alessandro Bastoni. The timing could be off too, as a late departure would be too big of a problem.

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