Confirmed: Barcelona chief reveals recent talks over potential £100million signing

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Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has confirmed that the club recently held talks over a possible transfer deal for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

The Catalan giants could do with a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez up front, with Martinez showing himself to be a superb talent with his performances at the San Siro this season.

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It has recently been claimed that Barcelona are targeting Martinez, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that they were prepared to meet his buy-out clause of €111million (£100m).

Bartomeu has now spoken out on the links with the Argentine forward, confirming that recent negotiations took place, though they are currently on hold as the club enters a phase of ‘analysis’.

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Lautaro Martinez in action for Inter Milan

Speaking to TV3, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo, Bartomeu said: “In the case of Lautaro the negotiation is stopped right now, we spoke with Inter a few weeks ago. We are in a phase of analysis.”

Barca fans will no doubt be hoping the club can get this deal done, as it’s not been the best of seasons at the Nou Camp and a top signing like this is surely needed to get Quique Setien’s side back to their best next term.

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