Barcelona have now shortlisted plan Bs in the event that they fail to secure two of their predominant targets in the upcoming summer.
Barcelona have ambitious plans as far as a squad revamp in the summer. Borussia Dortmund marksman Erling Haaland and the eventual free agent in Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum are the two players most closely linked with a move to Camp Nou, but the club’s crippled financial situation could flip the switch in no time.
While Haaland’s price tag of 150 million euros has left the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid unfazed, Wijnaldum is bound to be the recipient of several offers as he will become a free agent. Having said that, the Catalans have turned their attentions to alternatives for both the players amid their pre-eminent monetary struggles.
According to Diario Sport, the Blaugrana have reignited their interest in Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez. The Argentine was a primary target for them last summer too, but inability in triggering his release clause saw Martinez stay put at the San Siro. However, this time around, the situation is expected to be different and perhaps in favour of Barca.
Inter Milan are thought to be comfortable with parting ways with one of Martinez or Romelu Lukaku due to their own complications, and Barcelona will look to capitalize. The club’s officials believe that the Nerazzurri will not ask for Martinez’s release clause to be activated in the summer and will negotiate a significantly lower price.
The club believes Lautaro Martinez remains a prodigious option and with age on his side, they are willing to invest in him especially if Inter are willing to reduce their evaluation. However, Antonio Conte’s contentment with his marksman in-chief coupled by the player’s joy in his existing pastures may perplex the deal for reasons beyond finances of either club.
Sky Sports meanwhile claims that Ilaix Moriba will be promoted to the first-team squad in case Wijnaldum is unable to join Barca. The 18-year-old has already burst onto the scene under Ronald Koeman, having made five league appearances this season which were complemented by two assists and a goal, his first for the club.
Under Joan Laporta, the development of youngsters and re-emergence of La Masia are expected to be focal points of the club’s future and to manifest those objectives early on, Moriba may be seen luminary enough to be promoted into the senior setup. Do you think that the alternate options shortlisted by Barcelona will benefit them?