Inter Milan will have to hike Lautaro Martinez’s wages to fend off interest from Manchester City.
The 23-year-old is on City's hit list as Pep Guardiola seeks a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero, despite a £98million release clause.
Martinez still has three years on his contract, yet Inter want to tie him to two more on top – and have already offered to double his £38,000-a-week salary.
But the Argentine striker wants over four times his current terms before he will commit to staying at the San Siro.
And Guardiola is keeping a close eye on the situation, as he has been tracking the forward for the best part of a year.
Talks between Martinez and Inter have so far hit a stalemate, but further meetings are planned over the next month.
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Although the highly-rated hitman, who averages better than a goal every other start for Inter, is happy at the club, he is unhappy at being one of the lower-paid senior stars at Milan.
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