Special Barcelona formula for Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez

Barcelona defender Junior Firpo (R) comforts Inter Milan's forward Lautaro Martinez. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)
Barcelona defender Junior Firpo (R) comforts Inter Milan's forward Lautaro Martinez. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images) /

Barcelona have a special plan to convince Inter Milan to sell Lautaro.

Barcelona have constructed a formula in order to convince Inter Milan into selling Lautaro Martinez after the Italian side demanded 111 million euros.

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The Nerazzurri’s sporting director was keen on letting their Argentine international leave San Siro only if his transfer fee of 111 million euros was paid in full. Barca, being heavily affected by the COVID-19 crisis, will be struggling to pay that kind of amount in cash and were hoping to convince Inter to accept a player in exchange.

The club have been particularly quiet about their negotiations with Inter while a recent report did confirm that Lautaro and Blaugrana have reached an agreement. Barca have made it clear that they cannot afford to pay the 111 million euros in cash that has been demanded by the Italian giants as per Lautaro’s contract termination clause. The clause is unique in the sense that it is only active for the first two weeks of July.

Despite Inter’s sporting director being vocal about wanting the complete amount in cash and not in a form of installments or players, the current financial situation of the transfer market may push them to take a different approach.

Barca must sign him one way or the other.

Lautaro has been known to be the top priority at Camp Nou as the Catalans have identified him as the ideal successor to Luis Suarez. Mundo Deportivo reports that the Spanish side, despite their financial struggles, are ready to pay a whopping 70 million euros in cash to the Nerazzurri while including Junior Firpo in the deal who is believed to be worth 41 million.

Inter are known to have a liking for Firpo as boss Antonio Conte can include him in his starting XI. Junior, at 23 years of age, is a young talent with great physique and power. He will fit perfectly in Conte’s 3-5-2 formation that allows Firpo to shine in the three-man defense in a similar fashion to what Firpo experienced under Quique Setien when the Spanish coach managed Real Betis.

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Should Barca sell Junior Firpo for Lautaro, losing the only back-up for Jordi Alba in the current squad?