Lionel Messi 'wants Barcelona to sign Neymar over Lautaro Martinez'

Lionel Messi ‘prefers Neymar over Lautaro Martinez’ as Barcelona weigh-up their summer transfer targets

  • Lionel Messi would reportedly rather sign Neymar than Lautaro Martinez
  • Both players are high on Barca’s targets list, but their finances are uncertain 
  • Barcelona have offered Inter Milan two players as part of a deal for Martinez 

Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi would reportedly prefer to rekindle his partnership with Neymar than for the club to sign Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan in the summer.

A club source reportedly told Spanish Radio station Cadena Ser: ‘If he had to choose between Lautaro and Neymar, it’s obvious Leo Messi prefers the Brazilian.’

Neymar was at Barcelona between 2013-2017, and enjoyed success alongside Messi and Luis Suarez, scoring 105 goals.

Lionel Messi would reportedly like a reunion with Neymar over Lautaro Martinez joining

Neymar was once part of the feared Barcelona strike force alongside Messi and Luis Suarez

He moved to PSG for a world-record fee, however has been linked with a sensational move back to the Nou Camp in recent months with Barca looking for a long-term replacement for Suarez. 

However, he would be taking a staggering £26million pay cut to make the move, with PSG set to offer the Brazilian £44m-per-year to encourage him to stay in Paris. 

Barcelona are also linked with Lautaro Martinez, but thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, there are questions over their finances. 

Barcelona also want Martinez, and have offered players as part of a deal for the striker

Buying out his £97m release clause looks to be out of the question, with the club now offering Inter the likes of Nelson Semedo and Carles Alena as part of a deal. 

With both Neymar and Martinez high on the transfer targets list, but possibly without the money to get them both, Barcelona chiefs appear to have a decision to make.

Messi isn’t part of the transfer process at the club, but it’s likely the star will be consulted on the matter. 

If he prefers Neymar, it would be bad news for Martinez, who is keen for a move to the LaLiga club.    

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