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Lautaro Martinez backed to be a ‘great No. 9’ for Lionel Messi

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The Inter Milan man has been linked with Barcelona

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Lautaro Martinez has what it takes to play with Lionel Messi and would be a great No. 9 for the Barcelona captain, according to the scout who first discovered him.

Fabio Radaelli, the man credited with discovering the striker, has been talking about the Inter Milan forward and how he could be a great team-mate for the GOAT.

“To play with Messi you need to be smart and Lautaro is a very intelligent player. You have to be very careful about what he does because at any moment he can give you an incredible ball. So, you must be prepared not to go offside. It looks like it won’t do some things, but he does.

“Lautaro can be a great number nine alongside Messi, he has characteristics that fit perfectly for Leo’s game. Inside the box, for example, he is the same as Suarez in terms of his opportunism and sense for scoring goals.”

Source | Mundo Deportivo

The rumor mill has declared Lautaro is Barca’s top target this summer, although Barcelona will have to spend big if they are to land the 22-year-old.

Messi has already made it clear he wants Lautaro at the Camp Nou. He said in February that he’d be happy to him him and Neymar at Barcelona next season.