« The negotiation for Lautaro (Martínez) is stopped at this time », It has been recognized Josep María Bartomeu, president of Barcelona, in an interview on Catalan television. The Barça president has reviewed other issues such as the future of Quique Setién on the bench at the Camp Nou and some of the most controversial issues he has had to deal with during his presidency of the culé entity, a mandate that ends in 2021.
Lautaro Martinez was one of the priority objectives for Barcelona for this summer. The Inter Milan striker was chosen to replace the long-term Luis Suarez and he had the approval of his compatriot, Leo Messi. However, the negotiations have not gone as expected and, for the moment at least, the striker is moving away from the Camp Nou. «In the case of Lautaro The negotiation is stopped right now, we spoke with Inter a few weeks ago. We are in a phase of analysis«, Said Josep María Bartomeu in an interview on TV3’s Onze program.
The azulgrana president drew the panorama in the market in a different year. “The market that is coming this summer will be very different. The big clubs will be limited by economic problems, but Barcelona is always a shaker of the market »he commented.
And agitated have been some of their signings, after not giving the performance that Bartomeu expected when he signed them. «The result of the signings was not what we wanted. (Philippe) Coutinho He has not had the luck of a great star, he has not finished working », he commented on the Brazilian.
Quique Setién’s future
Bartomeu has also spoken about Quique Setién’s future. The Barça president has assured that the Cantabrian coach will continue for the remainder of the season and that in principle he has options to continue the next one, although it is not taken for granted. «Quique Setién will lead the team in the Champions League and in these two remaining league games. We have a very unusual season, we will play in August and he will be the coach. If we beat Naples we will be in Lisbon, ”he said.
Bartomeu explained the famous conversation at Setien a few weeks ago. «The will is to end the contracts and Setién has it. We went to Setien’s house to talk about the future, about planning for the next season. He will probably be there and I’m very interested to know what he thinks. It has a lot to do with Riqui Puig and Ansu. We have seen Pedri and Trincao in shape, there are hopes », he settled.