'Lautaro in June': Barcelona said to prioritize Martinez's arrival but his non-EU passport could pose problems
- The club decided to complete the €111m signing of Lautaro during Thursday's summit.
- However, this transfer may affect the potential arrival of a new striker to cover up for injured Dembele.
- In Barca's squad, there is only one vacant spot for a non-European player which supposedly belongs to Lautaro.
The Catalans are reportedly ready to secure his signing already in June, the same source adds. This was decided during Thursday's summit between the members of the club's board.
Barcelona are determined to pay his €111m release clause, Mundo report.
Still, even though Lautaro remains Barcelona's priority for the summer, the Catalans need to make an emergency signing in light of Ousmane Dembele's's long-term injury. And Lautaro could pose one significant problem.
Barcelona currently have just one vacant spot in the squad for a non-European player. It may be taken by Ronald Araujo who is believed to be Barca's back-up centre-back.
However, the Catalans are now unlikely to sign a striker without EU citizenship to cover up for Dembele this winter. The vacant place belongs to Lautaro, Mundo conclude.
As a reminder, each La Liga side are only allowed to have three non-European players within their squad. Arthur and Arturo Vidal occupy the first two spots. Still, the Chilean could be forced to leave the club in summer.
By the way, Barcelona's situation with the non-EU quota is much better than Real Madrid's one. Los Blancos have Vinicius, Eder Militao and Rodrygo which severely limits Lautaro's potential transfer.