Inter Eyeing Up Summer Move for Hertha Berlin's Matheus Cunha With Lautaro Martinez Heading for Exit

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Inter are lining up Hertha Berlin star Matheus Cunha as Lautaro Martinez's replacement with the Argentine striker edging closer to the exit door.

Martinez has been in fine form for the Nerazzurri this season, striking up a fine partnership with summer arrival Romelu Lukaku. The 22-year-old has netted 12 goals in 22 Serie A games, also laying on three assists.

Lautaro Martinez
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He has been repeatedly touted for a move away from Inter with a host of European clubs including Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona all said to be interested. The latter are leading the race for his signature and Alfredo Pedulla has reported that an agreement is already in place between the two clubs.

This corroborates claims earlier this month that Barcelona had pencilled in a €60m-plus-two-players deal for the striker, and 90min was told back in April that the player favours a move to Camp Nou.

The former Racing Club man's imminent departure would leave Antonio Conte in the difficult position of having to field an unsettled player when Serie A returns. Italian clubs have already voted to complete the season with 13 or 20 June cited as potential return dates.

With Martinez on his way out, Inter have turned their attentions to finding his replacement with Brazilian Cunha top of their wishlist (via Fabrizio Romano). The 20-year-old has been one of the standout performers since the Bundesliga returned earlier this month, scoring in both of Hertha's wins against Hoffenheim and city rivals Union Berlin.

Cunha only arrived at the Olympiastadion in January from RB Leipzig after struggling to break into the first team at the Red Bull Arena. He was one of several high-profile arrivals as newly-monied Hertha flexed their financial muscles by bringing in the likes of Lucas Tousart and Tottenham target Krzysztof Piatek.