Barcelona move was almost a fact: ‘I even talked to Messi about it’

Lautaro Martínez spoke with Lionel Messi about a move to FC Barcelona. The transfer did not get off the ground because Barcelona is facing financial difficulties.
In conversation with the Argentine branch of ESPN, Martínez talks about the interest of the Catalan club. “I was really close to a transfer to Barcelona”, says the rush hour. “I even talked to Lionel Messi about it. They only had financial problems at the time. Eventually I decided to stay with Inter.”
Martínez does not regret his choice to stay in Italy. “It has been the right choice, especially since we have now won the Scudetto. Its incredible to win a title at such a great club.”
Barcelona is not the only Spanish team that was after Martínez. “Real Madrid tried to get me twice when I was still in my youth at Racing Club. I only wanted to make a name for myself in Argentine football and then make the transition to Europe.” In the summer of 2018, Inter picked him up from Argentina.