News was out that Lautaro Martinez ranked high on Barcelona’s list of transfer targets. But is he still important to the Catalan club?
According to ex Barcelona star Bojan Krkic, Barcelona would fare better by signing Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino than Martinez. Although he does very much admire Martinez and his skills as a footballer, he’s not sure of how someone coming from Inter Milan would fit with Barcelona’s culture.
‘Inter do not usually take the initiative and that makes me think that Lautaro could occupy an area at Barca that is not naturally his,’ he told Sport.
‘If you allow me a name, I would bet more on Roberto Firmino: a link player, with a lot of presence and great mobility.
‘I do not intend that this reflection be interpreted as a refusal to sign Martinez, but I understand that his profile must be analysed very well because it would be unforgivable that, as happened with Griezmann, we sign a striker to put him on the wing and then complain that it doesn’t work.
‘That cannot happen again because, although it seems obvious, a nine is a nine.
‘That is his natural habitat and to move him from there is to waste his talent. If Barca need a nine, sign him, but do it to really use him.’