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Roma turned down chance to sign Barcelona target Lautaro for €8m, claims striker's agent

Inter are demanding a huge fee for the Argentine striker this summer, but their Serie A rivals could have bought him for a fraction just two years ago

Roma had the chance to sign Lautaro Martinez from Racing for a bargain fee months before Inter snapped him up, according to the striker's agent.

Martinez impressed with the Argentine side, scoring 27 times in 59 appearances to earn a €23 million (£20m/$26m) move to Inter in the summer of 2018. He has gone on to become a star in Italy and has netted a total of 16 goals in all competitions this season.

While he has three years left on his contract with the San Siro outfit, Barcelona have made him a top transfer target and are said to be lining up a summer bid, though Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has warned they will have to match his €111m (£99m/$125m) release clause.

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