Barcelona: Messi-Lautaro at Camp Nou good for Argentina
Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has talked up about the potential benefits of a regular Lionel Messi-Lautaro Martínez partnership at Barcelona.
Lautaro Martínez partnering Lionel Messi at Barcelona would certinaly be of benefit to the Argentina national side but it will be tough for the Camp Nou board to prise him from Inter Milan, Albiceleste boss Lionel Scaloni acknowledges.
Barça have reportedly earmarked Martinez as the long-term replacement to Luis Suárez, who is now 33, which would see him form a mouth-watering tandem with international team-mate Messi.
Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi himself last week talked up the talents of Martínez, though he was reluctant to discuss any potential deal being struck.
Martínez scored 16 goals in 31 games across all competitions this term prior to the suspension of Serie A due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Scaloni: "Lautaro today is the fashionable striker"
Scaloni thinks his burgeoning talent would only improve playing regularly with Messi, but says Martinez is already playing for a top team who have little incentive to sell.
Speaking to RTVE, Martinez said: "Lautaro today is the fashionable striker, the one who every big team wants.
"He is already with a big team, which competes equally with other teams and it will be very difficult to get him out of there.
"If Lautaro is lucky enough to go and play with a team-mate like Messi at Barcelona, for us, the more they play together, the better.
"Lautaro is a young player with an incredible future. He is strong and has a great desire to succeed. I don't want to interfere, but if he does change clubs, I hope he does well."
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