Lautaro Martinez seeks Inter contract extension but a salary increase will be needed: How much does he want?

Inter captain Lautaro Martinez could sign a contract extension with the Nerazzurri after talks between representatives and the club continue.

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The impressive form of Lautaro Martinez during the opening weeks of the 2023/24 Serie A season has reiterated his importance to Inter and their Scudetto challenge, and both player and club have been working to extend his stay at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

Despite the Nerazzurri captain signing a contract extension two years ago, which will keep him in Milan until the end of the 2025/26 season, the Argentinean’s representatives met with the club during pre-season to discuss his long-term future.

After 11 goals in 10 games in all competitions this season, though, Martinez has strengthened any bargaining power he has when Inter return to the negotiating table.

Lautaro Martinez celebrates scoring for Inter. (@Inter)

What is Lautaro Martinez asking for to stay at Inter?

According to Calciomercato.com, the 26-year-old is looking to overtake Hakan Calhanoglu as Inter’s highest earner – on €6.5m-a-year – and commit himself to the club until June 2028. That would see Martinez spend a decade as a Nerazzurri player and certainly help reinforce his legacy as one of the most important players in their recent history.

Since joining the club from Racing Club in his homeland, the striker has helped Inter win the 2020/21 Scudetto, two Coppa Italia’s and reach both the Champions League and Europa League finals. As the South American approaches a century of goals for the club, few would argue that he warrants his current €6m-a-year salary.

Lautaro Martinez celebrates. (@Inter_en)

Will Lautaro Martinez renew at Inter?

Although Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid were all linked with Martinez in the wake of the Nerazzurri’s Champions League final defeat last year, the 2022 World Cup winner remained in Italy and his agent indicated that there will be even less uncertainty this summer.

“Do I think that there will be problems with the renewal at Inter? I hope not,” stated Alejandro Camano when speaking with Sport Italia. “We have many hopes and expectations of finding an agreement with Inter, which allows Lautaro to be happy.”

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