Barcelona president reveals the bad condition of ongoing transfer negotiations for massive targets.
There is no doubt that Barcelona, like other clubs, have been heavily hit by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, worsening their already existing economic crisis.
This begged the question of whether the Catalans could actually afford their many transfer targets for the next window with Inter Milan‘s Lautaro Martinez and Paris Saint-Germain‘s Neymar being the top priority.
Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has now revealed that the club will not be finalizing the signing of the two megastars despite being heavily linked with the moves. Lautaro Martinez was particularly considered by the board as he has been identified as the ideal long-term successor to 33-year-old Luis Suarez.
The lack of a proper no. 9 aside from Suarez had already ruled out Neymar’s move ahead of next season with Lautaro being the only big name to join the Spanish side this year. The plans are said to not be going according to plans as Bartomeu claims that the two deals are likely to fall though after failing to reach an agreement with the player’s respective clubs.
While Martin Braithwaite was signed midseason to fill the gap left by previously injured Suarez, the Danish international is not a proper striker which makes Lautaro’s signing a top priority. The negotiations with Inter Milan, however, are said to resume once Champions League is concluded with the current state of the talks left at the Italian giants demanding a 90 million euro plus a player like Junior Firpo. Meanwhile, Barca are ready to exchange Firpo but will only agree to pay a 70 million euro transfer fee to the Serie A side.
Barca have spoken to Inter about Lautaro over the last few weeks but the conversations have been put on hold by mutual consent. The current situation doesn’t allow for major transfer fees,” Bartomeu told Sport.
Meanwhile, the transfer of Neymar seems far fetched for this year as the club’s budget will simply not allow the deal to go through. The Parisiens look to recover most of the money they spent on securing the Brazilian forward from the Catalans. Bartomeu has proposed the idea that they are prepared to give players like Samuel Umtiti, Ousmane Dembele and/or Antoine Griezmann in exchange but the French champions are yet to agree upon a player.
In the current situation, no. PSG don’t want to sell either, which makes sense as he’s one of the best players in the world. Last summer we tried really hard to sign him but this summer we won’t even try.” Bartomeu continued.
It remains to be seen whether Barca could afford any new signing ahead of next season as the pandemic lost the club close to 200 million euros between the months of March and June.
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