Barcelona target impresses Messi


With FC Barcelona being heavily linked with Lautaro Martinez, captain Lionel Messi has now shared his thoughts on the Inter Milan striker.

The Argentina international has caught the eye of the Catalan giants over the past year and has already no problem alongside Messi, which was evident at last year's Copa America.

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The 22-year-old has impressed alongside Romelu Lukaku this season with 16 goals and four assists in 31 appearances as Inter chase for Serie A glory.

Messi did not want to comment on speculation but he did praise his countryman's talent.

"If I'm honest I don't know very well if there were or are negotiations right now, I have no idea," Messi told Mundo Deportivo.

"I think I already mentioned it, that Lautaro is an impressive striker, especially because I think he is a very complete forward.

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"He is strong, he dribbles well, he scores goals, he knows how to protect the ball ...But well, we will have to see what happens finally with him and with other players."