Inter have officially announced that Lautaro Martinez has signed a contract extension with the Milan club which will keep him with the Nerazzurri until June 2026.
The 24-year-old will be the highest paid player in the squad and his new deal has no buyout clause embedded within it.
In his previous contract there was a buyout clause with a value of 111 million euros, but the club have now secured themselves against such an offer.
“I’m very happy to be here for a long time, I send you a big hug, forza Inter,” Lautaro declared in a video message published by Inter on the club’s social media pages on Thursday afternoon.
Lautaro’s career in Milan started in 2018 when he arrived from Racing Club in Argentina for a fee of 25 million euros.
Since then, he has become one of the focal points of the team, forming a nice forward pairing with Romelu Lukaku before the Belgian left for Chelsea in the summer.
He has played 144 matches for the Nerazzurri, scoring 54 goals and he was a name that was interesting many in the previous summer’s transfer market.
Both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were linked, although this was in part down to the fact Inter were undergo significant financial difficulties with their owners, the Suning Group.
Lautaro can now be considered off the market and without the presence of a buyout clause, he can only be signed if the Italian champions decided the time is right.
It’s a positive move for Inter and Simone Inzaghi to have a proven goalscorer commit to the club for the foreseeable future, although with the fiscal situation in China still unclear to those of us in Europe, it remains to be seen if Inter will have to sacrifice another star asset in the coming months.