Rumour Has It: Barcelona interested in Messi's Argentina teammate Martinez

We round up the front and back pages across Europe as Monday sees the transfer rumour mill crank into gear again.

Published : Jul 01, 2019 16:32 IST

Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez is on Barcelona's radar, according to reports.
Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez is on Barcelona's radar, according to reports.

Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez is on Barcelona's radar, according to reports.

Lautaro Martinez has impressed at the Copa America and the forward could end up being teammates with Lionel Messi at more than just international level.

Martinez, 21, has scored in back-to-back games to lead Argentina into a semifinal against rival and host Brazil at the Copa.

The Inter forward seems to have caught the eye of Barcelona, which has enquired about his services.


According to Radio La RedBarcelona  has contacted  Martinez's  agent to express its interest. A move would see Martinez team up with Messi – who is yet to hit top form at the Copa America – at club level.

But Barca is also linked with moves for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann and PSG forward Neymar, so Martinez may just be a back-up option.

READ | Guardiola queries wisdom of Neymar's rumoured Barcelona return


Neymar  is heavily linked with a return to  Barcelona , but it seems Paris Saint-Germain may not let the star go so easily. Telefoot reports PSG is still unwilling to let Neymar go. Meanwhile, Marca says Kylian Mbappe wants Neymar alongside him at the Parc des Princes.

Real Madrid  is expected to sign another midfielder heading into 2019-20, with Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen linked. But AS report Madrid has made an offer to Ajax star  Donny van de Beek , who apparently has eight proposals from top European clubs.

Tottenham  may finally get its man. The Daily Mail reports Spurs are close to an agreement to sign midfielder  Tanguy Ndombele  from Lyon in a deal worth up to £64million (€71.7m).

Manchester United  appears to be leading the race for Sporting CP midfielder  Bruno Fernandes . Liverpool and Spurs have distanced themselves from the Portugal international, according to the Daily Express , and La Gazzetta dello Sport says United has had a £35m (€39.2m) bid rejected.

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Leonardo Bonucci  continues to be linked with a Juventus exit ahead of the Serie A champion's expected signing of Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt. An apparent target for PSG, Bonucci has also become an option for  Manchester City , according to The Sun .

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