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Barça transfer target Lautaro Martinez costs €21 million less now

Zafer Cincil

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According to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Inter Milan’s asking price for Lautaro Martínez reduced to €90m. Earlier, the club was not open for negotiations and was referring to his release clause of €111m when Barcelona showed interest in the Argentine.

On July the 7th, the €111m release clause of the 22-year-old expired, and since the Argentine forward has made it clear that he wants the leave, Inter has no other option than negotiating with Barça.

The decline in the asking price for Lautaro Martinez coincides with the drop in his recent form: the player failed to score for 5 consecutive games and missed a penalty against Bologna which made his team drop points and pissed boss Antonio Conte off.

However, in the current circumstances, such a price is still very high for FC Barcelona. Recently, the club has sold Arthur for €72m to Juventus, but this leaves Barcelona with a profit of just €10m since midfielder Miralem Pjanic is heading the other way.

The next step is that Lautaro himself expresses that he wants to play at Barcelona, and Barcelona only. Then, Bartomeu can take the necessary steps to bring the Argentine striker to the Camp Nou.

Sources: Corriere della Sera via Mundo Deportivo, Forbes

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Koeman intends to give Puig, Mingueza, and Matheus more minutes

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Barcelona’s defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium sounded all the alarms in Catalonia. Not only for the loss of all three points but also because of the injuries the team suffered along the way. However, for every bad thing that happens, there is usually a silver lining.

And for the Azulgrana, the silver lining is very much the youth, as it always has been at the club. According to SPORT’s latest report, Ronald Koeman was left quite impressed by the performances of young players against Dynamo Kyiv in the mid-week Champions League game that he plans to give all of them more minutes further down the line.

This, of course, includes the best performers on the day, Carles Aleñá and Óscar Mingueza, but could also extend to the likes of Riqui Puig and Matheus Fernandes too. All four were really good on the night and this could warrant them more chances in the near future.

SPORT also say Koeman applauded them both in the media but also in the traning ground as well, saying he appreciates their effort and that it will not go unnoticed. Not only that but we just might see some of them back in the squad this very weekend against Osasuna.

The coach has been adamant on putting trust in the youngsters and giving minutes to players that deserve it, and this would surely put some weight behind those words.

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