Barca are close to bringing in Messi’s partner Lautaro Martinez in the summer with a viable proposal to Inter Milan.
Lautaro Martinez is getting closer to becoming a Barca player. He was the number one goal for the attack and therefore the Catalan club put all its efforts into negotiations with Inter.
The negotiations progressed to the point where there was a principle agreement between the two clubs. Accordingly, Martinez will come to Barca in exchange for 60 million euros and Inter receives 2 more players from the Nou Camp.
The 22-year-old Argentine striker wants to go to Barca and has informed Inter’s leadership that his priority is to go to Spain.
The 22-year-old’s contract with Inter has a special provision: During the first 15 days of July, he was allowed to move to another club for a fee of 111 million euros.
That amount is quite reasonable for a big man in Europe, consistent with the quality and age of the player, but the COVID-19 pandemic caused all teams to adjust their shopping plans.
Barca is not willing to pay such money in the current situation when revenues from ticket sales, marketing, advertising, sponsorship… are still in danger of being seriously affected.
In this new context, Barca and Inter have negotiated for Martinez for a lower fee of 60 million instead of the original 90 million euros.
Specifically, Barca will pay Inter 60 million euros in cash and the rest is paid by two players in the squad of coach Quique Setien.
Neither Barça nor Inter specify the names of the players, but there are names that are suitable for both sides. For example, Ivan Rakitic or Samuel Umtiti are examples of when they were both on the transfer market. The same thing happened to Arturo Vidal when Barca believed he was a good fit for Inter.
But in addition to these names there are some younger players like Carles Alena – currently on loan at Betis – or Semedo, who spent the third season at Barca.