Barcelona have finalized on four potential replacements for former Liverpool man Luis Suarez who will be phased out within a few months.
Luis Suarez has been absolutely lethal for Barcelona since checking in from Liverpool back in 2014. The Uruguay international has scored close to 200 goals for the Catalans and also racked up almost 100 assists in a space of just five years. However, at 32, he has showed signs of his form fading away and thus, Barca must replace him soon.
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Fox Sports has claimed that the Blaugrana have shortlisted four options who they think would be suitable replacements for Luis Suarez and are also young. Inter Milan frontman Lautaro Martinez, AC Milan youngster Rafael Leao, Lille striker Victor Osimhen and PSV Eindhoven forward Donyell Malen are those on Barca’s shopping list.
Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez is thought to be the primary option after succeeding tremendously in Italy after his move from Racing Club. The Argentina international has three goals and an assist to his name so far this season. He is a regular fixture under Antonio Conte and was a goal scorer at the Camp Nou in the last Champions League matchday.
Real Madrid are thought to be interested in signing Lautaro Martinez as well, but logically speaking, the Whites would not be so keen on getting the Inter man because they spent 65 million euros on Luka Jovic just this summer. Nevertheless, Barca are keeping three other backups in case Lautaro Martinez slips out of their grasp.
Martinez is likely to cost Barca over 60 million euros as his value will continue shooting upwards until next summer if he performs exceptionally well for Antonio Conte’s flamboyant looking Inter Milan side. The Catalans are looking to use Lionel Messi as bait in trying to sign Martinez as the two are compatriots and Messi’s influence will obviously be vital.
Which of the four shortlisted names would best succeed Suarez at the Camp Nou?