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Lautaro Martinez’s agent: ‘Big chance’ striker joins Barcelona this summer

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There’s a “big chance” Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez joins Barcelona this summer, according to one of the 22-year-old’s agents, Sergio Zarate.

Martinez, who has scored 16 goals throughout all competitions this season, is reportedly the Catalan’s top target this summer. And the La Liga giants are prepared to meet his $124 million release clause, as they attempt to find the long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.

There’s a very big chance Lautaro goes to Barca,” Zarate, once a player in Liga MX, told Fox Sports Mexico. “He is a fantastic player. Tremendous, he has no ceiling.

When it was suggested to the longtime Nexaca striker, older brother of Boca Juniors forward Mauro Zarate, that Martinez should rather join Real Madrid than Barcelona, he replied: “You know that it’s them who will have their say. The one who decides is the player. With Leo (Messi) there, I believe there is a bigger chance that he will want to go to the side of the greatest of them all (Messi).”

Martinez joined Inter Milan from Racing in 2018 for $27 million, scoring 25 goals in 66 appearances since.

Serie A roundup: Handanovic saves late penalty, earns Inter draw against Atalanta (video)

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on his first start for AC Milan, but Atalanta’s shock draw at San Siro highlights Saturday’s Serie A action.

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Inter Milan 1-1 Atalanta 

Samir Handanovic’s last penalty save on Atalanta’s Luis Muriel bagged a point for top-of-the-table Inter Milan on Saturday, moving them a point clear of second-place Juventus.

Lautaro Martinez put Antonio Conte‘s side in front of the visitor’s in the fourth minute, following a pair of passes between the him and Romelu Lukaku.

But with with the clock winding down, Robin Gosens tied it up for Atalanta, finishing one of the six clear chances the side had at the San Siro on Saturday.

13 minutes later, with two minutes remaining in regular time, the visitor’s had their best opportunity yet to edge Inter. Handanovic, however, dived to his right side, blocking Muriel’s attempt on goal from the spot.

Inter remain atop of the table with 46 points, but Juventus have a clear-cut chance to surpass I Nerazzurri if they defeat AS Roma away on Sunday.

Atalanta remain in the fifth spot with 35 points, level with fourth-place Roma.

Inter host Cagliari on Tuesday in the Round of 16 of the Coppa Italia, while Gian Piero Gasperini’s men travel Florence to take on Fiorentina in the same tournament.

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Cagliari 0-2 AC Milan

Lazio 1-0 Napoli