INTER MILAN’S sporting director has validated that Lautaro Martinez can join Barcelona this summer season but just if his ₤ 100million release stipulation is fulfilled.

Antonio Conte’s side face a fight to hold onto the Argentine striker after he scored an outstanding 16 goals in 31 matches in all competitions this season.

Martinez’s sensational form has caused big interest from Spanish giants Barcelona, who see the 22-year-old as the perfect long-lasting replacement for Luis Suarez.

He has a ₤ 97.5 m buyout provision in his Inter contract that ends on July 7 but football’s financial crisis indicates Barca are being forced to tighten up the handbag strings.

One choice that has actually been rumoured to lower the cost is for the Spaniards to enable SEVEN players to leave on swap deals.

However Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio claims the Serie A clothing have no intention of losing their best players and the only method Martinez will leave is if a group is willing to satisfy his release stipulation.

He told Sky Sport Italia: “The truth of the circumstance with Martinez is that there’s just one course to take him away from Inter and that is to pay the release provision.

” It’s a stipulation everyone learns about, there’s no point hiding. It is a challenging clause due to the fact that it has particular deadlines and some very precise demands.

” Firstly, the stipulation expires in early July, so does not last long. It’s the only possible way today that we won’t see Lautaro Martinez at Inter next season.

” We are not talking about the Lautaro issue with anyone, since quite simply we are relying on him, he is an important property for the club and let us not forget he still has actually two years left on his contract with Inter.

” We do not have any intent of selling our best players, however rather to enhance ourselves on the marketplace.”

Barcelona have actually been honestly courting Martinez in current weeks after coach Quique Setien praised the Argentine for being among the couple of gamers capable of dealing with Lionel Messi.

He said: “It’s clear that there are four or five gamers who play in that position that are amazing which any of them could be at Barcelona.

” [Martinez] is a gamer who would be great in this group, like other players of his level.”