Barcelona president provides clarity on Neymar and Lautaro Martinez transfers

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has ruled out moves for both Neymar and Lautaro Martinez after detailing the extent of the club's financial constraints.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a big impact on Barca's spending this summer, with Bartomeu admitting some investments will have to wait.

A bid to secure Neymar's return from PSG was believed to be top priority, while discussions regarding Inter Milan striker Martinez have also taken place.

But Bartomeu has declared a transfer for either player in the coming months is out of the question after the club lost out on around £200million over the past few months.

"All the big European clubs are affected," he told  Sport  . "This isn't going to last a year, but three or four.

"Neymar? In this situation, it's unfeasible. Nor does PSG want to sell him.

"Barca have spoken with Inter about Lautaro, but the talks have stopped. The situation doesn't invite large investments."

The La Liga giants were forced to ask their players to take a 70% pay cut when the outbreak of Covid-19 forced football to be suspended before returning without fans.

Any new arrivals this summer could therefore depend on how much the club can recoup from the sale of unwanted stars.

Philippe Coutinho is the main player Barca are keen to offload, but there has been little interest from other clubs in signing the Brazilian on a permanent basis.

Both Neymar and Martinez would command fees in excess of £100m, which is simply not possible for Barcelona anytime soon, as Bartomeu explained how much they are relying on getting fans back in stadiums.

"In the 2020-21 season we expected to post 1.1 bn euros, but we'll have 30% of that," he added.

"If the situation of the pandemic doesn't improve, there will be no spectators, no museum, no stores open, and money will continue to be lost.

"It forces us to be very rigorous in management: we must review which investments are essential and which can wait."

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