Martinez signs new deal with Racing

File Photo : Lautaro Martinez
IANS|12-Jan-2018 13:29

Buenos Aires, Jan 12 : Argentina's Racing Club has placed a 20 million-euro (about $24 million) price tag on highly rated striker Lautaro Martinez amid interest from a raft of European football clubs.

The 20-year-old on Thursday signed a new and improved contract in which he committed to the club until June 2020 with a release clause that cannot be activated before June, reports Xinhua news agency.

"He is the best young player in Argentina and is worth at least 20 million euros," Racing President Victor Blanco said.

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"There are half a dozen clubs that want him and he'll have the chance to choose which league he wants to play in when the moment arrives."

Last year Martinez's agent, Rolando Zarate, said Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid had expressed interest in signing the forward.

Martinez, an Argentina under-20 international, has scored four goals in six league matches for Racing so far this season.