Barcelona’s Luis Suarez On Inter’s Lautaro Martinez: “We’ll Help Him Adapt If He Arrives”
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has admitted that he and teammates would make Inter striker Lautaro Martinez feel at home at the Camp Nou should he join the club in the coming months.
The highly rated 22-year-old Argentine national team player has been strongly linked with a possible transfer to the Blaugrana club for a considerable amount of time.
Inter have made their demands for the former Racing Club player more than clear but Barcelona seem reluctant to meeting Inter’s demands and have other ideas about how they would like to sign Lautaro.
“He’s a truly great player. He’s been playing at a very high level for Inter,” Suarez remarked in an interview with Spanish news outlet Sport.
“It’s not easy to move to Italy from Argentina and show everything he has in a league as difficult as the Italian one. He’s young and we’ll try to help him if he comes to Barca, to adapt and make him feel comfortable.”
Lautaro joined Inter back in the Summer of 2018 in a circa €20 million deal and he still has three years left to run on his current contract with the club.
This season Lautaro, who has reportedly agreed terms with Barcelona, has scored 18 goals and provided six assists for teammates in 39 appearances across all competitions to date.
Man Utd in danger to miss out signing of 25-year-old Serie A midfielder
During his five-year spell with Italian giants, the Serbia international has established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe, resulting in rumours regarding a move to Manchester United.
However, while the 20-times English champions are now well stocked for options in central midfield, it appears that the 25-year-old prefers to join another team.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid and Chelsea are also monitoring the situation ahead of possibly making a formal offer for his signature.
While the Blues have funds available from the sale of Eden Hazard, Los Blancos would likely have to make a number of sales in order to lure Sergej Milinkovic-Savic away from Stadio Olimpico.
The Serbian midfielder, who could cost in the region of £80m, has four years left before his current deal expires in the summer of 2024.
Another Serie A star Frederico Chiesa has been also rumoured with a switch to Premier League as both Man Utd and Chelsea are keen on to lure him away from Artemio Franchi Stadium ahead of the next season.
Jurgen Klopp keen on to sign£40m-rated La Liga defender
Premier League giants Liverpool have reportedly identified Real Sociedad centre-back, Diego Llorente, as a possible replacement for Dejan Lovren should the Croatia international defender depart from the club this summer.
The Reds are believed to be open to offers for Lovren, who has fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all now above him.
The Merseyside Reds are expected to only dip into the transfer market should a player depart from the club ahead of the next season and, with AS Roma reportedly in talks with Lovren, they are planning potential defender targets.
Spanish outlet La Razon reports that Llorente is on their wish list, having impressed at Real Sociedad since making the switch to the club from Real Madrid after three years.
Llorente’s form has seen him earn five Spain caps, while he has managed to found back of the net seven times in 77 first-team games for La Liga outfits.
The 26-year-old defender has a release clause at £40m, although the Merseyside Reds would hope to be in talks that down as they look to limit spending in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Arsenal interested in signing€40m-rated Bundesliga midfielder
Gunners reportedly seem ready to miss out on the transfer of Thomas Partey, who looks ready to remain at current club Atletico Madrid instead. The 27-year-old midfielder had been heavily linked with Arsenal in recent times, with he was a priority for boss Mikel Arteta despite some concerns over being able to afford his asking price.
However, it now seems like Thomas is unlikely to move to London club, with he’s snubbed them and seems ready to sign a new deal with Atletico. This is a big blow for Mikel, who looks in dire need of more quality in midfield next campaign, following underwhelming campaigns from the likes of Xhaka, Torreira and Guendouzi in particular.
It stays to be seen who Gunners might target next, but we think there’s likely to be a battle for highly-rated Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria in the near future. Liverpool were recently linked with Switzerland international and the Gunners have got to join the running for his signature if the Thomas deal really is dead in the water.
A tall and tough but elegant footballer, Denis is the ideal modern midfield all-rounder, and it may well be that he’s one of the cheaper options on the market this summer as he valued at only £36m.
The Swiss midfielder is one of the finest defensive midfield footballers in the Bundesliga at the moment, having just played a starring role for Bundesliga giants as they finished fourth in the German top flight, securing Champions League football for next campaign.
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