Inter Milan and Barcelona have halted negotiations regarding the transfer of the Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez. However, Barça remains calm about the situation as the 22-year-old striker has shown that he wants to join Barcelona alongside his international team-mate, Lionel Messi.
Currently, the Lautaro Martinez operation is completely under control, according to Spanish newspaper Sport. Despite the fact that Inter plans to keep the Argentine at the club, Lautaro is clear about his decision of playing alongside Messi – and Inter knows about this.
Lautaro has been inconsistent in his performances ever since football’s return after the Coronavirus break and sources state that this is mainly due to the evolvement of his transfer out of the Italian club. Even though Inter coach Antonio Conte has avoided criticizing the player’s poor performances lately, the Italian manager brought Lautaro on from the bench against Fiorentina on Wednesday.
Inter’s intention is to at least find Lautaro’s replacement before continuing the negotiations with Barcelona, but that seems very difficult considering the current economic crisis in the football world. Barcelona has told Lautaro that he will be a starter next season, and this promise is pleasant enough for the Argentine to join the Blaugrana. The two clubs will return to negotiations on August 2.
Report: Koeman has opened the door for Dembélé to leave
According to Cat Radio, Ronald Koeman isn’t so convinced with Ousmane Dembélé anymore as in the beginning. The Dutchman had higher expectations for the player, but despite being fully fit in his appearance against Villarreal and the pre-season friendly earlier, the winger did nothing surprising.
Koeman also realizes that the player’s departure would open up the possibilities for new signings. The Dutchman is particularly insisting on Memphis Depay’s signature. The club accepts the fact that if Dembélé does not leave, they will not be able to sign a number 9.
Earlier yesterday, Dembélé was linked to Manchester United, but the club denied contact with the English club regarding the player. Even though there is some interest from United, sources confirm that it would be only possible as a loan deal.
Dembélé, despite all the rumors, is willing to stay in Barcelona and gain a starting spot in Koeman’s new sporting project, which seems very promising looking at the Dutchman’s first clash against Villarreal.
Sources: Cat Radio, Rac1