Barcelona ‘open transfer talks with Neymar AND Lautaro Martinez’ as they aim to sign at least one of the £240m duo with Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho to be used as bait
- Barcelona want to freshen up their forward line during the summer window
- Neymar and Lautaro Martinez are at the top of their transfer wish-list
- Spanish champions will use their current players to reduce price on either star
Barcelona have opened negotiations with both Neymar and Lautaro Martinez with the Catalan giants hoping to land one of the South American duo in the summer.
Barcelona-based newspaper Sport report how the reigning Spanish champions are discussing the possibility of signing both Neymar and Martinez in case one fails to materialise.
Barcelona want to include players in either deal in order to lower the price with the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho among the names rumoured to be used as makeweights.
Sport believe Barcelona have opened talks with both Neymar and Lautaro Martinez
Martinez has a £98m release clause in his Inter deal while Neymar would cost around £140m
Neymar could link back up with Luis Suarez (centre) and Lionel Messi (right) at Barcelona
Inter Milan forward Martinez has been seen as the easier deal to conclude as he will be cheaper than Neymar and the Argentine has already said he would be keen on playing with international team-mate Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.
The 22-year-old, who has scored 16 goals in 31 games for Inter this season, has a £98million release clause inserted into his current contract.
Inter paid under £20m for Martinez in July 2018 so his stock has risen remarkably since swapping Argentina’s Racing Club for Europe.
Martinez has been assured he would be a regular starter at the Nou Camp with the club planning to deploy him in a three-pronged forward line with both Messi and Luis Suarez.
Neymar, on the other hand, would cost Barcelona at least £140m to buy him back three years on from his world record £200m move to PSG.
The 28-year-old has flirted with the idea of moving back to Spain during the past few years with Barcelona’s rivals Real Madrid also linked with the Brazilian.
PSG could be tempted into cashing in on Neymar if they can land the likes of Griezmann, Dembele and/or Coutinho in return.
Antoine Griezmann could be used as bait in Barcelona’s talks to sign Martinez and Neymar
Philippe Coutinho, currently on loan at Bayern, could also be used in any deal for the duo
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