Chelsea have closed in on a deal for Lautaro Martinez after Qique Setein announced Barcelona may not be able to afford the striker.
Despite the Coronavirus putting a hold to the Premier League season and despite the fact that the transfer window is still months away, there has been alot of speculation in the media about possible arrivals to Stamford Bridge, with a striker on the agenda.
It is no secret that Frank Lampard is keen to improve this side with some big time signings, and reports in the media have suggested he will indeed get the £200 million it will take to sign some top-class, big-time names players in the summer, with a striker on the list
And it seems that Inter Milan striker Martinez is now on the shopping list of the boss as recent reports have claimed that we have tabled an offer to the Italians for their impressive striker.
The official opening date for the window is still unknown, but it is believed that clubs will be able to spend much less in the window whenever it opens, and that could have a serious impact on Barca’s transfer plans, with Setien doubtful that a deal to sign Martinez could be done.
“I am not pessimistic or optimistic with Lautaro.” he told Spanish radio: “I am not pessimistic or optimistic with Lautaro.
“I like [him] the way I like great soccer players, but I have no illusions with any of them.
“There will be an economic crisis due to Coronavirus – same for Neymar deal”.