The Argentine had looked as though he was on his way out of the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to leave Inter in order to move to the Camp Nou, and he himself has admitted that the move was close to happening.
“I was really close to Barcelona,” Lautaro told ESPN Argentina. “I had discussed it with Lionel Messi, but they had financial problems and I decided to stay.
“[Santiago] Solari was at Real Madrid Castilla and he came looking for me,” Lautaro added. “I didn’t feel like going that far away. They offered me a contract, but I didn’t feel ready.”
“I’ve dreamt of this since I was a child,” Lautaro said. “I think I was right to stay, because I’ve won a title.
“I’ve dreamt of having a family and winning titles, and now I have that.”