Lautaro Martinez is very near the Nou Camp. This also means that Lionel Messi is also about to break up with his close friend Luis Suarez.
“Assassin” inter issued claim to Barca: Messi must see off Suarez
Lautaro Martinez has been targeted by Barcelona for the past year. For a long time, the Catalunya team has always been seeking for a striker to replace Luis Suarez – 33 years old and is showing signs of decreasing performance because of injury.
Meanwhile, Martinez has all the criteria to meet the youth, fullness, the sensitivity of a good striker, and most importantly, “suitable” Messi. Not less than once, the Argentine superstar urged the club leadership to bring the country striker, and also a very good player with him at Copa America 2019.
According to the Spanish press, the Camp Nou team considered a plan to exchange five players for Inter Milan including Arthur, Arturo Vidal, Carles Alena, Nelson Semedo and Jean-Clair Tobido just for Lautaro Martinez. But the problem is, Inter just wants to come to a cash deal that costs £ 103 million.
In addition, Don Balon newspaper said, the 22-year-old individual striker also made a claim that Barcelona must meet. Accordingly, Martinez wants to immediately occupy the main kick on the line as soon as he arrives at the Nou Camp.
This may go against the unwritten rules at the Nou Camp and it is easy to make Messi angry. Because the main kick is only approved during training and confirmed through goals or performances on the pitch.
Moreover, pushing Suarez right now will make Messi lose a teammate or best friend both on and off the pitch. Therefore, President Josep Maria Bartomeu and his partner Eric Abidal will have to consider carefully before bringing back Lautaro Martinez to replace Suarez.
Up to now, the Uruguayan striker is still a very important player in Barcelona’s squad. Before a knee injury in January 2020, Suarez had 14 goals including 11 in La Liga as well as 7 assists.
La Liga is currently on a break due to the global pandemic and is expected to return in mid-May, which means Suarez can return to play at the end of the season.
Messi makes claim to Barca if they want to sign a new contract
Lionel Messi wants to reunite with his former teammate Neymar at the Nou Camp this summer.
The Brazilian left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 for a record transfer fee of 222 million euros.
However, Neymar struggled with life in the French capital and tried to flee back to Spain last summer. Barca longed for Neymar’s service, but the requests for more players plus a sum of money were rejected by PSG.
For his part, Messi still appreciates the talent of his former teammate and is ready to welcome Neymar back to the Nou Camp. The contract between Messi and the Catalan team until 2021 will expire. President Bartomeu is also trying to convince the Argentine striker to commit to a long-term future.
Messi is offered a new salary of up to 1 million euros/week in a contract that lasts until 2023 when he turns 35. However, Lionel Messi does not feel really happy. The biggest motivation for him to sign an extension with Barca was to see Neymar return to the club.
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