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Inter Milan’s general director Beppe Marotta has expressed his optimism that Lautaro Martinez will stay, amid Chelsea links.

It is no secret that Frank Lampard is keen to improve this side with some big time signings, and he was heavily linked with a transfer move to try and sign the very impressive Martinez, as the has been in a rich vein of form this season, scoring 17 goals in all competitions and drawing interest from top European clubs.

But considering that he has also been linked with a move to Barcelona, we opted to make a move to sign the brilliant Timo Werner, who will be arriving at the club when the transfer window opens up.

However, with the transfer market the way it is, the speculation has not gone away, and the Argentine international scored in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Sampdoria as Serie A returned this weekend and Marotta underlined Inter’s plan not to sell their best players this summer.

“It’s well-known clubs are interested,” he told SPORT. “He’s a quality player and has had an extraordinary season. As we have always said, Inter have no intention of selling out players. If they don’t want to (go), we will keep them with us.

“Lautaro’s flattered by the attention from other clubs, but I am optimistic he will continue with us next season. If he doesn’t express a desire to leave, we will keep him.

“That said, he’s not played for three months, we have to wait. One game’s not enough to assess it. He is young, he’s flattered to be getting attention from big clubs.

“On our side, there’s a desire to keep him and he’s never expressed that he really wants to go. I am optimistic.”

Now we have Werner, we dont need a striker, but it will still be interesting to see if Martines stays put. He is a top-class striker.

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