Barcelona Transfer news: Lautaro Martinez deal in doubt following La Liga regulation announcement made by President Javier Tebas.
Barcelona’s frontline has been crumbling since the departure of Neymar to PSG. The Blaugrana have failed to replace the Brazilian and now find themselves needing to replace the prolific but ageing Luis Suarez as well.
Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez has long been touted as a potential replacement for the former Liverpool forward. However, the move seems to be in doubt now after La Liga president, Javier Tebas announced that La Liga’s financial regulations will be strictly enforced next season.
Lautaro Martinez deal in doubt
Following the coronavirus pandemic, Tebas is keen not to see Spanish clubs suffer the financial consequences of the outbreak.
“We have seen the cash flows for each club and right now they have squads which exceed the [financial] limits we will establish for next season,” Tebas told the Instituto Iberoamericano de Derecho Deportivo.
“That brings consequences. Clubs are going to have to look at their academies and come up with a strategy to reduce salaries. There’s no other solution. Transfers that exceed financial limits will not be allowed — impossible.”
Since 2013, the La Liga has placed caps on their team’s spending depending on several factors such as expected income and the average amount of transfer income over the previous three years. Barca’s limit for the 2019-20 season was set at €671 million. This includes spending on salaries for players and coaches, affiliated clubs, academies, the amortisation of transfer fees paid and agent fees.
However, according to ESPN, they will have to shave off at least €200m off their budget next season.
Barcelona however, are looking to get around the situation and remain optimistic that they will be able to structure transfer deals in the summer with club vice president suggesting they could look at swap deals as a possible solution.
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