Inter Milan chief Giuseppe Marotta has given an update on Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez joining the Blues this summer.
The Argentine has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge – stretching all the way back to last summer before Chelsea splashed £47.5m to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.
With Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel keen on signing a striker this summer, the Blues had reportedly asked Inter Milan to keep Chelsea informed of any developments regarding Martinez’s future.
Inter chief Marotta has now delivered an update on Martinez’s future and it isn’t good news for Chelsea.
“We want to keep Lautaro and we’ve opened talks to extend his contract,” Marotta told Sky Italia.
Chelsea are also interested in signing another Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku but Marotta has now ruled out Inter Milan selling any other player following Achraf Hakimi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain.
“We are at the final stages for Hakimi to PSG, it’s going to be a done deal in 24 hours,” Marotta added.
“Obviously, this is a painful moment for us, but I am an administrator who must guarantee the economic sustainability of the club during a difficult time for the world of football in general.
“Once the Hakimi operation is concluded, it will allow us to have a bit of breathing room and we really hope that we will no longer need to sell any other big players, as we want to maintain most of the squad that won the Scudetto.”