Barcelona agree personal terms to sign Lautaro Martinez this summer but could only fund a transfer by selling Philippe Coutinho.
A report in ESPN claims a verbal agreement between the Argentine striker and the Blaugrana is in place. However, the club’s ability to strike a deal with the Italian club remains a major stumbling block.
Indeed, Barcelona transfer news has been defined by their interest in Martinez this summer. Claims from Diario Sport said the striker’s €111m release clause has now expired, although it is unclear if the Catalan giants were ever prepared to sanction such a fee.
Martinez’s current deal in Italy runs to June 2023 and was signed in July 2018. That’s when Inter paid Racing Club €22.7m for his services and he has swiftly established himself as a star in Italy.
However, Barcelona are hopeful of landing the player by a combination of cash plus players in exchange. But even that scenario is said to be available should they be able to process the separate sale of Philippe Coutinho.
Credit: Football Espana