Manchester United have reportedly ‘ruled out’ a move for Lautaro Martinez, with the club unwilling to meet Inter Milan’s £94m asking price for the in-demand forward.
The Argentina international is being linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs after starring for Antonio Conte’s side so far this season, scoring 16 goals in all competitions and striking up a promising partnership with summer signing Romelu Lukaku.
Ironically, Manchester United are in the market for attacking reinforcements this summer having sanctioned the departure of Lukaku to the San Siro, with the club having expressed an interest in Martinez following his performances for the Nerazzurri this season.
The 22-year-old joined Inter Milan in a £20m deal from Racing Club two years ago, but after starting slowly, has developed into one of Italian football’s finest forwards, scoring 25 goals in 62 appearances for the club.
According to the Times, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his recruitment staff are considering several options ahead of the summer window, having missed out on top target Erling Braut Haaland who joined Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January.
Martinez has also been monitored by the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City, and was believed to be among United’s top targets, though having been advised of Inter’s £94m asking price, they will now switch their attentions to alternatives.