Inter Milan president Steven Zhang vows not to cash-in on stars amid Barcelona interest in Lautaro Martinez – and insists they want ‘to attract the best talent from around the world’
Inter Milan have no intention of selling star players such as Lautaro Martinez this summer, according to club president Steven Zhang.
The Argentine has attracted interest from Spanish giants Barcelona this season after scoring 16 times in 30 appearances for Antonio Conte’s side.
Reports in Spain on Wednesday suggested that Inter were willing to do business with Barca if they sent them Arthur Melo, Carles Alena and Jean Clair Todibo in exchange for Martinez.
Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez has attracted interest from Barcelona this season
Inter president Steven Zhang insists the club want to keep hold of their stars this summer
However, Zhang insists that the club are looking to add to their squad when the transfer window reopens and do not want to lose any of their best players.
‘For Inter, as one of the biggest clubs in the world, you have to try your best to win,’ Zhang told Financial Times.
‘We don’t want to sell our talented players and (we do want to) attract the best talent from around the world.’
Inter are challenging for the Serie A title under Conte this season, having last finished top of the table a decade ago.
Inter are challenging for the Serie A title this season after going 10 years without winning it
Antonio Conte is looking to bring the glory days back to Inter after arriving at the club last year
They are eight points off leaders Lazio in third but have two games in hand on Simone Inzaghi’s side, with champions Juventus currently sat second.
Zhang insists the club’s owners, Suning, are determined to make them a force to be reckoned with both domestically and in Europe.
He added: ‘Since Inter was bought by Suning, the club has gone through a huge transformation. Firstly, our performance on the pitch. Secondly, our commercial and marketing value. You can see from our digital platforms; the numbers are double or triple to what they were a couple of years ago.’