President Bartomeu acknowledged some financial conflicts, caused by the pandemic, and that would not leave him much room to make a brilliant transfer.
Barcelona admitted that they lack the financial power to hire Neymar or Lautaro Martinez, warning that there could be “three or four years” of economic tension for the best clubs in Europe.
Until the coronavirus pandemic reached Europe, Barcelona seemed to make an important move for Martínez, Argentina’s Inter forward. They could also have been tempted by a new attempt to bring Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain, three years after the Brazilian left the Camp Nou for the French capital.
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu told the Catalan newspaper Sport: “Barça have spoken to Inter about Lautaro, but the talks have stopped. The situation does not invite large investments.”
“Neymar? In this situation, it is not viable. PSG does not want to sell it either. That is normal because he is one of the best players in the world,” he added.
“If the situation of the pandemic does not improve, there will be no public, no museum, no stores, and money will continue to be lost. It forces us to be very rigorous in management: we must review which investments are essential and which ones can wait. We must adapt Bartomeu pointed out.
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