FC Barcelona will not be signing Lautaro Martinez or Neymar this summer, says club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Both players have been long linked with a move to Barcelona but Bartomeu has insisted that that the club’s financial situation has made it impossible for them to pursue the Argentinian and Brazilian this summer.
“Barca have spoken to Inter about Lautaro over the last few weeks but the conversations have been put on hold by mutual consent. The current situation doesn’t allow for major transfer fees“, Bartomeu told during an interview woth Sport. The president also insists that an offer for Neymar would be unrealistic at this point.
“In the current situation, no. PSG don’t want to sell either, which makes sense as he’s one of the best players in the world. Last summer we tried really hard to sign him but this summer we won’t even try.” According to Bartomeu the coronacrisis pandemic is to blame for the clubs inability to spend huge amounts of money this summer.
“The club lost €200 million (£180m/$235m) between March and June. If the situation doesn’t improve, there won’t be people in the stands, at the museum or the shops and we’ll keep losing money. This will cause us to revise our spending plans and which ones can wait. We have to adapt. All the big European clubs have been impacted by this and we are all working to adapt. This won’t be for just one year, it could be for up to three or four years.”