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The Blues are reportedly interested in signing Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez this summer and the Italian club have now revealed the only condition for the striker’s exit.
Spanish club Barcelona are also interested in signing the Argentine striker, who has scored an impressive 16 goals in 31 matches in all competitions this season.
Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia: “The reality of the situation with Martinez is that there’s only one path to take him away from Inter and that is to pay the release clause.
“It’s a clause everyone knows about, there’s no point hiding. It is a difficult clause because it has certain deadlines and some very precise demands.
“First and foremost, the clause expires in early July, so does not last very long. It’s the only possible way right now that we won’t see Lautaro Martinez at Inter next season.
“We are not discussing the Lautaro issue with anyone, because quite simply we are relying on him, he is an important asset for the club and let us not forget he still has two years left on his contract with Inter.
“We don’t have any intention of selling our best players, but rather to reinforce ourselves on the market.”
Martinez has a £97.5m buyout clause in his Inter contract that expires on July 7.