Liverpool draw a blank as agent of potential Firmino replacement delivers stark message

Lautaro Martinez (FC Inter) celebrates his goal with Joaquin Correa (FC Inter) against Spezia in Serie A

The agent of Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez has ruled out a move to the Premier League for his client, amid links to Liverpool.

The Reds are looking to re-model their forward line with time running out on their famous front three. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will go down in Liverpool folklore, having helped the club win a sixth European Cup and end their long wait to become champions of England.

However, with Diogo Jota and, more recently, Luis Diaz signing in big-money deals, Liverpool are clearly looking to the future.

And Martinez has been touted as another exciting addition to their frontline amid doubts over his Inter future.

The Argentine striker has been in superb form for Inter this season, scoring 14 times in 25 appearances this season. That tally includes an impressive hat-trick during the 5-0 destruction of Salernitana on Friday night.

Indeed, the Reds will get another close look at the attacker on Tuesday night when they host Inter in the Champions League. The Reds hold a 2-0 advantage over the Italian champions ahead of the second leg of their round-of-16 encounter.

Arsenal are also being linked with a move for Martinez. Indeed, Mikel Arteta desperately needs to secure a new frontman this summer. They have already lost Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah likely to follow.

However, it seems Martinez has no desire to move to the Premier League. That’s after his agent made clear the player’s affection for life at the San Siro.

Martinez settled at Inter Milan

Following Martinez’ celebration after his hat-trick, his agent told Calciomercarto (via Football Italia): “Lautaro was very angry with the ball for not wanting to go into the net.

“It was a very sensitive moment for a lad who cares so much about the club colours he represents. We are all very happy after this fantastic night with his three goals, as it’s the opportunity to put that anger behind him.”

There was speculation that Inter could look to cash in for around £60m this summer.

However, his agent has quickly put the exit talk to bed and is adamant that Martinez is happy where is is.

“He is staying at Inter,” Alejandro Camano added.

Klopp loves Inter Milan forward Martinez

Klopp praises Inter Milan striker Martinez as Liverpool draw Inter in UCL R16. Klopp believes the Argentina man could replace Firmino

“Lautaro has a five-year contract with Inter, he feels like an Interista. Inter are the team in his heart. He feels like an extra fan on the pitch.

“His family is also very happy in Milan. I can say with certainty: there is no possibility that Lautaro will leave Inter. He cares so much about winning with this club.”

Liverpool star urged to quit Anfield

Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has been urged to leave this summer – and Jurgen Klopp has been told why he should let him go.

Gomez has been linked with a move away after falling down the pecking order at Anfield.

Aston Villa, of course managed by former Reds captain Steven Gerrard, are looking at making a move.

And Newcastle are also said to be interested. As much as he isn’t being used by Klopp, he would be a great asset for both sides.

Gomez’s current contract runs until the summer of 2024. So a fee of £30million has been tipped for a transfer at the end of the season.

And pundit Paddy Kenny believes Liverpool should take that because it can be reinvested into more useful signings.

He told Football Insider: “It’s a tough one for Liverpool, he’s still a young player.

“The thing is he’s only played 12 Premier League games across the last two seasons. It’s alright keeping him and having him as back up but does he not want to go out and play football?

“They could get a good fee for him so that’s one side of it. But as a player, I would want to be out there playing.

“If he wants to get back in that England squad he needs football and Liverpool should let him go.

“Then they can put that money back into the squad with a few big transfers.”

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