Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez makes huge donation of medical supplies to home country Argentina during coronavirus crisis
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Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez has made a generous donation of medical equipment and protective clothing to the hospitals of his home city of Bahia Blanca.
The football season was brought to a halt last month due to the outbreak of coronavrus, and the Argentine has since made valuable healthcare contributions, as confirmed by Mayor of Bahia Blanca, Hector Gay.
Martinez, his girlfriend Agustina Gandolfo and their families have gifted 4,350 litres of hand sanitiser, 1,000 pairs of rubber gloves, 6,500 coveralls, 3,800 masks and 7,000 visors.
Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez has made a generous donation during coronavirus crisis
The Argentina international has gifted medical supplies to his home city of Bahia Blanca
Argentina has recorded 2,227 coronavirus cases and 101 deaths. Meanwhile, there have been 162,488 confirmed cases in Italy with 21,067 fatalities.
The Italian Football Federation have outlined plans to fulfill the remaining fixtures of the 2019-20 campaign, but Serie A matches could be played behind closed doors until 2021.
When the action does return, Inter Milan are expecting to receive bids for Martinez.
The 22-year-old is one of Europe’s in-form strikers, netting 16 goals in 31 appearances and attracting the attention of Manchester City and Chelsea, who hope to battle it out with Barca for his services.
Martinez provided 6,500 coveralls and 3,800 masks, according to city mayor, Hector Gay
Barcelona have identified Martinez as an ideal replacement for 33-year-old Luis Suarez
However, The Telegraph have reported the Argentina international will likely make a move to the Nou Camp rather than the Premier League once the window reopens.
Martinez arrived at the San Siro just two years ago, signing from Racing Club in a £19.5million deal. His current deal expires in June 2023.
Barcelona have been monitoring Martinez’s performances, particularly in European competition where he has racked up five goals in six matches.
The Catalan giants have identified Martinez as Luis Suarez’s long-term successor, with the Uruguayan forward entering the twilight years of his career.
While he is their primary target, Martinez still comes at a high price, with Inter demanding £97.5m for his services.
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