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Can Barcelona buy both Martinez and Neymar?

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The Catalan giants are pursuing the South American duo with Luis Suarez declaring that they are more than welcome at Camp Nou.

Ernesto Valverde’s reign in Catalonia came to an end after failing to make the most of resources at his disposal. Quique Setien followed the Spanish tactician but has similarly struggled.

While Ousmane Dembele cannot stay fit for a long stretch, Antoine Griezmann continues to struggle alongside Lionel Messi. Moreover, Philippe Coutinho has already been sent out on a yearlong loan at Bayern Munich.

The French ace has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou as Barcelona continue to be linked with Neymar.

Lautaro Martinez’s rise at San Siro has not gone unchecked and Messi’s compatriot also inching closer to a summer transfer.

But can Barcelona buy both Martinez and Neymar?

Financial viability

Paris Saint-Germain was held to a ransom in their pursuit of Neymar three summers ago. And they paid a princely sum to secure his services. With the transfer market imploding since, the Brazilian will not come on the cheap.

A similar case would be expected in Martinez’s departure from Italy. Antonio Conte is rebuilding Inter Milan in his image and the Argentine is his prized possession.

The Italians have come out on the top in previous transfer dealings with Barcelona and a repeat of Zlatan’s departure is expected. Martinez will command a transfer in the region of 70 million Euros.

Together, the duo will cost around 350 million Euros. Europe’s top clubs have a smaller net value than this sum. Financially, it will not make sense for Barcelona to purchase them in this market, not without getting their feet wet first.

The deal could be made possible with the departure of Coutinho, Dembele and Griezmann. The Catalans spent close to 400 million Euros to secure the trip and will have to take monumental losses to get them off their books.

It is a likely possibility but with too many moving objects. Barcelona will have to complete five major transfers and roughly 700 million Euros will exchange hands.

Les Cules should not buy too much into Luis Suarez’s statements and not keep their hopes up about seeing Neymar and Martinez in Catalan colors.