Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu had confirmed that talks with Lautauro Martinez are not on any longer.
Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez had been rumoured to potentially shift to Barcelona up till now.
“We talked about Lautaro with Inter a few weeks ago but now the issue is stopped. Now we are not talking about it. We have to finish the League and the Champions League and see what the priorities are,” said Bartomeu.
“It is also a time for internal reflection to clarify how the crisis is affecting the club. It is a market in which you can not think of large investments. We need to see when people can return to the fields, tourists to the museum. We have to wait and see how it all evolves.”
Bartomeu also defended Setien’s dismissal from the Catalan club, who had come under a lot of fire recently, with talks of Xavi replacing him.
Quique Setien will coach the team in the Champions League and these last two Liga games that are left. We have had a very atypical season, we will play in August and he will be the coach. If we overcome Napoli, we will be in Lisbon.
Our will is to fulfil contracts and Setien has one. We went to Setien’s house to speak about the future, the plans for next season. He will probably be there and I am very interested to hear what he thinks.
“Xavi will be Barca’s coach, sooner or later. But right now we are not looking for a coach, we are with Quique,” Bartomeu added.