Barcelona manager Quique Setien ‘unsure’ on transfer of Chelsea target

Barcelona boss Quique Setien refused to rule out a move for Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez this summer – but admitted the ongoing coronavirus crisis may make a deal difficult.

Martinez – who is also attracting interest from Chelsea and Manchester City – has been in impressive form in Serie A this season, and has scored 16 goals in 31 games in all competitions.

Both Barcelona and Chelsea in particular are known to be chasing a new striker, but Setien believes the Covid-19 pandemic may make big-money moves difficult to achieve for the foreseeable future.

Speaking to Onda Cero , he said: "We talk about transfers, but this pandemic is going to condition many things. The situation of the clubs will be economically complicated.

"I am not pessimistic or optimistic with Lautaro. I like how I like great footballers, but I have no illusions with any."

There is still no indication as to how the current La Liga season will be concluded, with Barcelona top of the table and two points clear of Real Madrid when play was suspended last month.

Setien added: "We all want the championship to end even if it is behind closed doors. But I would like to be guaranteed that there would be no problem.

"I see it difficult to resume the championship. Until some light is seen, I prefer to stay at home."


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