Lautaro Martinez is not short of suitors in the European market. Manchester United and Barcelona are after the young Inter Milan star currently forming a devastating partnership with Romelu Lukaku,
The Express are reporting both the Red Devils and the Blaugrana are competing to sign the Argentine. The striker has been in Italy for over a year now and has found his feet in Serie A. We did an article on him a while ago when he was starting to showcase his talent. Since then, he’s only got better.
Martinez has 4 goals in his last 4 games and it’s no surprise Europe’s elite are interested. With a €96 million release clause though, Inter are under no pressure to sell. United need a back up striker to Marcus Rashford and I highly doubt they’ll spend that sort of money on someone who won’t be the first name on the team sheet.
Barcelona however, are looking to invest in the long term. Luis Suarez, although still performing well, is not the striker he once was. Lautaro would be the long term successor to the Uruguayan, a move and signing that makes far more sense.
Here’s why the Catalan club or Manchester United might spend big money on the former Racing forward:
Lautaro Martinez – Style of Play
The 5ft 9 South American has incredible technical ability. The way he dribbles past defenders with such ease and elegance makes him so exciting to watch. Twinkle toes, we described him in our old article. Couldn’t be more true. Though 1.2 dribbles per game this season isn’t outrageous, the dribbles he does go on are worthwhile.
Following on from his dribbling, Martinez is very skillful and good on the ball. The way he can cut inside or out and beat his man really gets the Inter crowd on their feet. As you saw in the video, he can even do the spectacular. Just look at that scissor kick, flawless.
But what distinguishes the striker from most is physical stature. At 5ft 9, you would expect him to be fast, skillful and a decent finisher. But he’s all of that and more. The physical strength the Argentinian international possesses takes defenders by surprise, just ask Pique. He’s also surprisingly good in the air, beating tall powerful defenders in the air with bullet headers into the back of net on numerous occasions in the video.
Lautaro Martinez has all the attributes to become the complete striker. Good with both feet, able to poach in the box or shoot from distance. Pace, power, athleticism and flair, he’s a joy to watch on the pitch. Let’s hope he can use his talent and take his game to the next level.
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