Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has heaped praise on Inter forward Lautaro Martinez

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has heaped praise on Inter forward Lautaro Martinez, with La Blaugrana continuing to show an interest in the 22-year-old.

Martinez has been in scintillating form in 2019/20, having found the net 11 times so far – including once against the Catalan giants. With Suarez now 32, Barça have been on the lookout for a new striker, with Martinez’s name heavily mentioned.

It has been reported that Barcelona have made the Argentine a top transfer target, but Inter are keen to offer their star man a new deal in a bid to fend off interest.

Suarez has previously admitted that he understands why the club are pursing another forward, and the Uruguayan has now praised the impressive Nerazzurri man, but refused to disclose whether he believes a deal will be reached to sign Martinez.

“It would depend on certain circumstances and what Barcelona needs because maybe at that moment Barcelona has already a good and young striker,” he told ​Onefootball at Puma’s launch for their new Future 5.1 boots.

“However, he is an incredible striker who is playing extremely well but we cannot forget he belongs to Inter nowadays.”

Barcelona director Eric Abidal has recently confirmed that the club are keeping tabs on the player, with the 40-year-old revealing that he is a fan of Martinez. He said: “Yes, he is a complete player, I think he is performing at a great level. He is a player we know, but there are other players who also have a lot of quality.”

Suarez’s future at Barça has been called into question, but Abidal went on to insist that the club have been open and honest with the player, regarding their search for a new attacker. 

He continued: “I am transparent with the players, Luis can tell you because last year I already told him that it was going to be like this, that we were going to look for an attacker, and he accepted that because he wants what is best for the team.”

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