In Spain they say that the Inter forward is still Barça’s first choice.
Lionel Messi stayed at Barcelona and this Monday he will join the training sessions. They will also be decisive days for Lautaro Martínez, because his representatives will have a key meeting this week with Inter Milan to see if the Catalan team can unblock their pass. It is hard but not impossible.
According to the newspaper SportThe Argentine’s agents will fly to the Italian city to try to get a transfer on track that, at least from the numbers, seems impractical. They are not scared that Inter’s sporting director, Piero Ausilio, said: “From the day the termination clause expired, we consider it off the market.”
In Spain they assure that the Toro It is still the first option for Barça and they say that now that Luis Suárez’s departure is on track, the operation could be refloated.
The economic difference for now is important. MWhile Barcelona would pretend to pay a maximum of 65 million euros plus a footballer, the Inter board would not be willing to accept less than 85 million and a player in exchange for the forward who scored 21 goals last season.
The Italians argue that the exit class was 111 million and that then, even if the market is down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the figure they are asking is reasonable.
Incorporating Lautaro would also be a message for Messi, who is at odds with the leadership, especially with the president Josep Maria Bartomeu, whom the best player in the world accused of not having kept his word.
In Barcelona they hope that the good gesture they had with Arturo Vidal, facilitating the exit at zero cost and thus making possible what will probably happen in the next few days, that Inter will add him as a reinforcement, will help direct an operation that the former Racing striker would be very happy to specify.
In case he cannot get it, Barça will surely accelerate the negotiations for the other center forward he has in the portfolio, perhaps Ronald Koeman’s favorite, Menphis Depay, whom the brand new DT knows from his time at the Dutch national team.
His signing could be around 25 million euros, with one year remaining on his contract, although Barça would try to include a loan from Samuel Umtiti to lower that price.