- The Catalans have to choose between the two attackers in summer.
- President Bartomeu would opt for Neymar's return while other board members would prefer Lautaro as Suarez's direct replacement.
- It would possibly cost up to €300m for Barca to land both players which is extremely difficult because of the financial losses.
According to ESPN, Barcelona have suffered a huge transfer blow. The source believes the financial situation at the club wouldn't allow the Catalan giants to sign BOTH Lautaro Martinez and Neymar which was supposed to be Barca's main priority in summer.
Now, Barca have to choose between two attackers.
ESPN claim that Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu picks Neymar while other members of the club's board would prefer Lautaro. The Argentinian is six years younger. More importantly, Barca clearly need a centre-forward to replace ageing Luis Suarez.
ESPN explain that Barcelona are preparing for major losses following the indefinite suspension of the games. The club won't receive either the matchday or the television revenues until the games are resumed.
The potential transfer fees for Lautaro and Neymar combined could reach a staggering €300m. The Argentinian has a €111m release clause. Meanwhile, the Brazilian's price tag could be imposed by FIFA.
As we've explained earlier, there are FIFA regulations to protect the players without a release clause after their third year of a contract which is exactly Neymar's case.
It means FIFA would set price for Neymar rather than PSG who made the winger's exit impossible due to a hefty price tag last summer. If FIFA intervene, his price wouldn't be more than €170-180million, as several sources predict.
Lautaro or Neymar - which one would you choose?