Struggling Barcelona full-back is a crucial part of the Lautaro Martinez deal with Inter.
The latest reports regarding the ongoing negotiations with the Nerazzurri are that the previous offer of Junior Firpo plus 70 million euros has been rejected as the Italian side desire more cash.
The special clause in Lautaro’s contract allows any team to sign the Argentine international for 111 million euros within the first week of July.
As time quickly runs out on Bartomeu, they simply cannot afford to pay an additional amount due to the financial situation at the club.
Inter’s sporting director had previously stated that he is at no compulsion to reduce the asking price as in reality they do not want Lautaro to exit. Having said that, the striker himself has come out and stated that he will become vocal if Inter hinders his chances of joining Lionel Messi and co., which might place some unwanted pressure on the Black and Blues.
Conte is looking to replace the 34-year-old Ashley Young with someone young crop to build for the future. The report claims that Barca have come up with the perfect solution in Junior Firpo.
The Dominican Republic born full-back is more used to being an attacker than a defender. Despite playing only 20 matches for the Catalans, He is young and has the potential to succeed under a different coach and club.
He can grow tremendously under Conte but it remains to be seen if Inter agrees to slightly reduce their demands as it is a well-known fact that Barca simply cannot afford to pay huge amounts in the current season.