Barcelona tipped to target £75m Liverpool ‘link player’

Date published: Saturday 9th May 2020 10:17 - Matthew Stead

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Bojan has suggested that Barcelona should target Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino instead of Lautaro Martinez.

Martinez has emerged as Barcelona’s primary transfer goal this summer, but Inter Milan’s valauation of roughly £100m has proved prohibitive.

The forward is thought to have been offered lucrative contracts by Manchester United and PSG but is not interested in joining either club, with his decision likely to be between only his current club and Barcelona.

But former Nou Camp striker Bojan feels Liverpool lynchpin Firmino would be a better fit under manager Quique Setien.

Firmino was linked with a £75m move to Bayern Munich earlier this year and Bojan feels it is a possibility Barcelona should explore instead of risking misusing Martinez.

“Inter do not usually take the initiative and that makes me think that Lautaro could occupy an area at Barca that is not naturally his,” he told Sport.

“If you allow me a name, I would bet more on Roberto Firmino: a link player, with a lot of presence and great mobility.

“I do not intend that this reflection be interpreted as a refusal to sign Martinez, but I understand that his profile must be analysed very well because it would be unforgivable that, as happened with Griezmann, we sign a striker to put him on the wing and then complain that it doesn’t work.

“That cannot happen again because, although it seems obvious, a nine is a nine.

“That is his natural habitat and to move him from there is to waste his talent. If Barca need a nine, sign him, but do it to really use him.”

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