Barcelona have reportedly stepped up their interest in Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez amid speculation that Manchester City have entered the race for his signature.

The Spanish giants have long regarded the 22-year-old as their number one transfer target this summer, having identified him as an ideal long-term successor for Luis Suarez.

However, Inter's refusal to consider bids of anything below Martinez's £98.8m release clause prevented a deal from being struck, while the Italian outfit can now charge what they want after that clause expired.