Barcelona has recently been linked with Lautaro Martinez. Naturally, the Argentine striker performed brilliantly this season with Inter Milan. The Club’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, then tried to explain the progress of this transfer.
Lautaro Martinez’s appearance with Inter Milan this season is fairly good. Bertandem with Romelu Lukaku up front, the 22-year-old player drove the Nerazzurri to top the Serie A standings for quite a long time.
Naturally, if then there is interest from a club as big as Barcelona. It is said that Inter Milan will let the star go, with the condition that the Catalan Giant be able to make up for the 111 million euro release clause.
Supposedly, these figures are still within the reach of Barcelona, but as is well known, the Corona Virus pandemic has disrupted the financial condition of the Catalan club. Thus, a number of reports claim that Barca will withdraw from the hunt for the 22-year player.
But what Josep Maria Bartomeu said was different. In a recent interview, he said that until now the negotiation process was still ongoing. There has been contact between the two clubs, but the sequel is still waiting for this season to be completed.
“In the case of Lautaro, negotiations are pending now. We talked to Inter a few weeks ago. We are currently in the assessment phase, ”
“We have talked to Inter about Lautaro, but not recently. We will wait for the season to finish and reassess everything, “the club president told TV3.
Barcelona’s plan to recruit Lautaro Martinez actually to replace Luis Suarez, given the fact that the Uruguayan has aged.
But, in fact Barca already has a Brazilian striker, Philippe Coutinho, who was on loan at Bayern Munich this season. Only, Bartomeu admitted that the former Liverpool was one of the failed investments made by the club’s leadership.
“The results of our transfer business are not as desired. Coutinho has no luck like a big star. He never succeeded, “he said.
Barcelona’s condition is indeed not healthy, the club has been hit several times by sloping issues about internal conditions since the beginning of this season. Now, they are threatened with losing the Spanish La Liga title.