FC Barcelona confirm Lautaro Martinez delay: ‘Negotiations with Inter have been halted’

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that his club will not be pursuing Lautaro Martinez this summer. The Spaniard did confirm that there have been talks with Internazionale for the Argentinian forward, but that they have decided to halt the negotiations as they are focused on achieving their goals for this season.

“The coming market will be very different. The big clubs will be limited by economic problems, but Barca are always a market-mover,” Bartomeu told TV3. “In Lautaro’s case the negotiation is halted right now. We spoke to Inter a few weeks ago. We are in an assessment phase.”

“We have spoken with Inter about Lautaro, but not recently. We will wait to finish the season and re-assess everything.” It is, however, been made clear that Barcelona have no intention of activating Martinez’s €111m release clause and would like Inter to drop their asking price. Also, Barcelona will need to sell players in order to generate funds to sign Martinez.