Saturday, August 15, 2020

Barcelona rule out Neymar and Lautaro moves and Ter Stegen sale this summer

In an interview with Sport, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has ruled out the club moving to bring Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain or to sign Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan this summer. Apparently, there will be no big-money signings, and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen won’t be going anywhere.

Neymar left the Camp Nou for PSG in 2017, and Barcelona did what they could to re-sign the Brazilian star from the Ligue 1 champions last year but were unsuccessful. They won’t be trying again as Bartomeu admits that the Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted their transfer business in the current window.

Talks with Inter over Lautaro were being conducted throughout spring, but they were recently put on hold until the financial consequences of the pandemic were assessed. That has now been done, with the result of the talks being brought to a definite halt.

As for Ter Stegen, Bartomeu described the German goalkeeper as ‘fundamental’ for the team, which all but confirms that he’ll still be at the club next season.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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