Martínez’s impressive form could cost Inter Milan

MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan might just lose out to Barcelona again.

The Italian club was eliminated from the Champions League following a 2-1 loss to Barcelona on Tuesday, and the Spanish club was reportedly so impressed by Lautaro Martínez’s performance that it is ready to activate the Inter forward’s 111 million euro ($123 million) release clause.

Martínez ran the Barcelona defense ragged, set up Romelu Lukaku’s equalizer and also had two goals ruled out for offside. He also scored when the two clubs faced each other in October.

“We are Inter Milan, with an important history — like Barcelona — and we don’t have to necessarily sell anybody,” Inter CEO Guiseppe Marotta said. “We want to grow, so
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