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Lautaro Martinez issues Inter Milan wage demand as Man City eye transfer


Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez has told Inter Milan they will have to hand him a £100,000-a-week pay-rise to keep him out of the clutches of Manchester City.

City have been tracking the Argentine international for more than a year as they search for a replacement for Sergio Aguero, with Barcelona and Real Madrid also interested.

Inter are looking to secure the 23-year-old on a new contract so that they can hike up his current £98million escape clause.

But their first offer of £86,000-a-week has been rejected – even though that would double Martinez’s current wage.

He wants a deal worth close to £150,000-a-week to seal a five-year agreement.



Lautaro Martinez has garnered a reputation as one of the best young forwards in Europe

Initial talks failed to broker a compromise – but negotiations are set to resume before Christmas.

Martinez was angry to discover that despite Inter’s sky-high valuation of him, there are a dozen players at the club who earn more.

His current contract, which expires in 2023, is worth £38,000-a-week.

City are looking for a long-term replacement for Aguero – and the man who has taken his place in Argentina’s team has scored 11 goals in 21 appearances for his country.

Sunday Mirror Sport revealed in July that City would look at handing Aguero a contract extension if his recovery from a knee injury went well.



This could be Sergio Aguero’s last season at Manchester City

But the 32-year-old has scored just once this season after suffering hamstring problems on his return.

Aguero is notorious for taking time to recover full fitness after a lay-off and is free to talk to other clubs in January.

He could return for City’s game against Burnley on Saturday as Pep Guardiola’s side look to bounce back from their defeat to Tottenham last weekend despite missing the mid-week Champions League match against Olympiacos.

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