Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has given his verdict of the rumors linking Neymar and Lautaro Martinez with a move to the Camp Nou.
After surrendering La Liga crown to bitter rivals Real Madrid this season, Barcelona will have to shake things up a bit in the summer to close the gap on Los Blancos.
Although the ‘Blaugrana‘ had big plans for the upcoming transfer window, they’ll have to reassess their options in light of the financial fallout of the COVID-19 crisis.
Barcelona had laid the groundwork for Neymar’s return from Paris Saint-Germain before the coronavirus outbreak halted proceedings in Europe.
The feeling is mutual, as the Brazilian also wants to come back to Camp Nou, where he became a household name playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
However, PSG reiterated their desire to keep hold of the 28-year-old dynamo on multiple occasions.
The Ligue 1 champions’ efforts to hold on to Neymar have been handed a boost, as Barcelona chief Jose Bartomeu explains the financial struggle the club is dealing with currently.
“In this situation, it is unfeasible [Neymar’s deal],” Bartomeu said, as transmitted by Express Sport.”
“The situation is what it is: the club lost €200m between March and June. And in the 2020/2021 season, we expected to raise €1.1 billion [in revenue], but surely we will have 30 percent less.”
“If the pandemic situation does not improve, there will be no crowd [at the games], 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 can wait. You have to adapt.”
Barcelona are unlikely to sign Inter Milan star forward Lautaro Martinez either, as the ‘Nerazzurri’ are holding out for a massive £100million price tag.