Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland and Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martínez are Barcelona’s ‘desired’ targets, reports Sport.
The La Liga side have signed Sergio Agüero and Eric García on free transfers, and are close to finalising Memphis Depay’s arrival, also on a free transfer.
Barca’s hope is to raise funds through player sales in the coming weeks to sign a new No 9 to bolster the attacking division.
The Catalan club will have to ‘generate the necessary resources’ through outgoings, which is why it will be a ‘long summer’ for the Camp Nou side.
Sport are of the belief both Haaland and the Argentine could be made available in the final weeks of the summer window.
It’s claimed the Norway international is the Blaugrana’s ‘great dream’ and is considered a ‘strategic signing’ for present and future.
His advisor, Mino Raiola, shares a good relationship with Joan Laporta, but a deal remains complicated because BVB don’t want to negotiate. Any possibility of Dortmund opening the door could only happen after Euro 2020.
Martínez, on the other hand, is ‘more affordable’ and the Serie A winners are ready to negotiate his sale. His price tag could be around €80m. Sport state Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid have asked, but the frontman waits for Barcelona.
For Ronald Koeman’s side to even sign either of Haaland or Martínez, they will have to sell some of their players for big money.
‘All eyes are focused’ on Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann, and with the sale of both or either of them, there will be money to undertake a big signing. The possibility of it happening will only be in the latter stages of the window, which is why Barca have a ‘long summer’ ahead.