- Barcelona have been hit with the pandemic effect as they are financially down
- Club president Bartomeu has stated that the Catalan team won’t attempt signing Neymar
- He says the club may not be financially stable for at least another four years
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Barcelona president Joseph Bartomeu has finally made it clear that the Catalan club would not even attempt to sign Neymar or even Lautaro Martinez as he predicts possible transfer drought.
The Catalan giants have made several attempts to land both players at the Camp Nou in recent seasons, but they won’t be pressing further in the transfer window, SunSport reports.
Both players are linked with the club as a possible replacement for Luis Suarez as they continue their search for a long-term striker.
However, the club has been financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic and now most of their plans have been shelved.
According to the club president Bartomeu, the situation is a serious one as the team may not be able to bring out big money to sign players for another four years.
He told Sport: "Barca have spoken to Inter about Lautaro over the last few weeks, but the conversations have been put on hold by mutual consent.
"The current situation doesn't allow for major transfer fees.
“In the current situation, PSG don't want to sell (Neymar) either, which makes sense as he's one of the best players in the world.
"Last summer we tried really hard to sign him but this summer we won't even try."
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic to strengthen his squad for next season.
But the Croatian star whose contract with the Catalans expire in the summer of 2021 is not ready to leave the Camp Nou just yet.
The 32-year-old joined the Blaugrana from Sevilla in July 2014 and has been an integral part of the squad since then.
However, SunSport reports that the 2018 FIFA World Cup finalist would rather rejoin Los Palanganas in a deal worth about £9 million.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Italian league giants Inter Milan are reportedly planning to land Barcelona legend Lionel Messi in a staggering €260 million (£235 million) deal if he chooses to leave the La Liga club next summer.
The 33-year-old has not signed a new deal with the Catalan side despite his current contract expiring next June.
His failure to sign an extension with less than a year left, coupled with the multiple bust-ups he has had with his employers has fueled his exit from Camp Nou.
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