Barcelona are set to make one last push in the hopes of signing Lautaro Martinez as they prepare for life without Luis Suarez next season.
According to Goal, Barcelona are plotting a final offer to land Lautaro Martinez. The Inter Milan striker is believed to be still topping the club’s wishlist as they look to find a replacement for Luis Suarez, who, in turn, is expected to leave Camp Nou, following the arrival of Ronald Koeman.
Martinez has been linked with a move to Barcelona for a long time now. However, Inter Milan’s hefty demands for the services of the Argentine international were becoming a massive thorn in the side for the Catalans.
As a result, Barcelona have even been linked with a move for Memphis Depay. The Dutchman is a cost-effective alternative to Martinez and has a strong relationship with new coach Koeman. However, it seems the Spanish giants still have their eye on Martinez as they look to solve their problems in the striking department.
The Argentine is, without a doubt, one of the most highly-rated forwards in Europe, having enjoyed immense success under Antonio Conte. He has built a formidable attacking partnership with Romelu Lukaku at Inter, helping the Italian giants compete with top dogs Juventus.
Not to mention, Martinez is well-acquainted with Lionel Messi, whose decision to remain at Barcelona following a week-long transfer saga has done very little to boost the club’s hope of undergoing a smooth transition. However, there is no doubt that the Inter Milan star could prosper alongside his compatriot.
At the age of 23, Martinez also has time on his side and is equipped with quality as well as the experience to thrive at the Camp Nou. On the flip side, however, Inter’s asking price for their prized attacker will always be an issue for Barcelona. The Catalans’ finances have been hit hard by the Coronavirus, not to mention their hefty wage budget.
It essentially means that the Blaugrana must offload some of their fringe players if they are to afford Martinez this summer. They have, in fact, already sold Ivan Rakitic back to Sevilla while the likes of Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal are both looking for new clubs.
Even last summer’s marquee signing Antoine Griezmann has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou, which should pave the way for Martinez to join the Spanish giants this summer.