“Lautaro Martinez is impressive — he’s a really complete forward. He’s strong, he’s a good dribbler, he scores goals, he knows how to protect the ball. He has a lot of similarities with Luis [Suarez], they both use their bodies well and hold the ball up.”  

That’s Lionel Messi’s official blessing of Barcelona’s pursuit of the Inter striker. He’s the man Barça want and talks are progressing well. 

One of the men that discovered Lautaro — Adrián Rubén Fernández, the president of youth football at Racing Club de Avellaneda since 2008 — has spoken to SPORT about how things are progressing and Messi’s intervention.

“Messi called him and wants him by his side soon, I have no doubt,” he said. “For that reason, the deal to sign him is almost there. I know things will go well in Barcelona and that Lautaro will be an excellent replacement for Suarez. He’s the ideal heir. Thanks to Barça he will continue to grow as a player and a man.

“In terms of Argentine players, he has the same qualities as Sergio Aguero. I think he’s on that path and will have a successful career like him. I would even say Lautaro is better in the air and much better with his left foot, but he will have to prove that with time. I hope he can. Continue reading…


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