La Liga chief, Javier Tebas has ruled out the speculations that Barcelona is in process of negotiating a deal with PSG to sign Neymar Jr and Inter Milan Lautaro Martinez. Contrary to the previous reports that Barcelona is quite keen on getting the signature of Lautaro and Neymar or at least one in summer has been put down by the La Liga president.
Tebas stated equivocally that Barcelona is not negotiating deals with Paris Saint-Germain talisman Neymar and Inter forward Lautaro Martinez. The two South Americans have been linked with a transfer to the Catalan club earlier this year and it has been projected that the club should sign the two or at least one in the next transfer window.
According to Tebas, Barcelona has a greater priority than negotiating transfer deals amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s not true that Barca are currently in negotiation processes in the signing of these two players,” he told the Adea Conecta forum on Friday.
“They are most focused on when the season can resume as opposed to new acquisitions. There will be swap deals in the short-term future, but transfers are not high on the priority of European clubs at present.
“They want to limit the damage caused by the halt in activity, but everything is still on hold. No Neymar nor Lautaro, these names are not high on the priority list at present for Barca.”
Tebas went further Barcelona as at now does not have the capacity to sign these two players. “The club at present don’t have the capacity to make these signings, at present it’s completely impossible.”
Also, the president of Mediapro Jaume Roures who has the sole right to broadcast PSG and Ligue 1 games next season, is quite sure that Barcelona will not be financially buoyant to make those signings due to the global health problems.
According to Jaume Roures, the negative effect of Covid-19 on broadcast rights and banking procedures will command the reduction of player transfer fees and salaries next season.
In his words, “The club no longer has the economic capacity to spend… I don’t know how much,” Roures said of Barca in an interview with AFP. “It’s impossible now.”
He added: “The crisis will affect the price of TV rights in one way or another. Likewise, paying players hundreds of millions of euros will be over. Firstly, because the clubs will no longer have the means, and secondly, because banks will not lend the clubs money with the same ease as before.
“This is all going to change and I think it’s very positive.”