Barcelona’s pursuit of Lautaro Martínez has taken a big step, if the latest rumors are to be believed. That’s because Junior Firpo has reportedly agreed to join Inter Milan, a crucial step in order for the operation to be a success.
Barça are reportedly willing to offer Firpo plus €70 million in order to secure the services of the Argentine striker. Firpo would be valued at €41 million, putting the total offer at €111 million, equal to Lautaro’s release clause.
While this would not directly pay the release clause, the offer would satisfy Inter’s conditions for selling Lautaro, at least theoretically.
✅ JUNIOR FIRPO: OK A L’INTER!— Què T'hi Jugues (@QueThiJugues) July 14, 2020
Junior Firpo ja ha arribat a un acord amb l’Inter
El jugador accepta marxar a Itàlia i entrar en l’operació per fitxar Lautaro Martínez
El Barça necessita vendre jugadors per acabar de tancar l’operació [70M€]
➡️ @AdriaAlbets#FCBlive pic.twitter.com/ImZsh4LZj1
The biggest stumbling block is that Barça need to pay €70 million, which they currently do not feel comfortable paying upfront. In order to raise cash, it is expected that Barcelona would sell off several players to secure funds.