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Manchester City 'lead the race for Lautaro Martinez'

Manchester City 'lead the race for Lautaro Martinez'
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Manchester City are the favourites to sign Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez in a £97.5m deal this summer, according to a report.

Manchester City are reportedly the favourites to sign Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez this summer.

The 22-year-old has been in impressive form for Antonio Conte's side during the 2019-20 campaign, scoring 16 times in 31 appearances, including five goals in six Champions League outings.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are both believed to be interested in the Argentina international, who has a contract at San Siro until the end of the 2022-23 season.

However, according to The Sun, the reigning Premier League champions are at the head of the queue as they are ready to pay his £97.5m buy-out fee during this summer's transfer window.

The report claims that Barca and Madrid, in addition to Chelsea, are all in the hunt, but City are currently the only side prepared to activate the South American's release clause.

Martinez is allegedly viewed by the Citizens as a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero.


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