FC Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu has told BeIN Sports that the club's move for Lautaro Martinez isn't dead in the water. "We'll speak with Inter after the Champions League," he admitted.
When pressed on the current status of a move for Lautaro, Bartomeu said: "The move is completely on hold. When the Champions League is over, we'll speak with Inter. Right now we're more focused on the games coming up."
In terms of players who might be leaving, Bartomeu ruled out letting any of Barça's youngsters go. "Neither Pedri nor Trincao are for sale. Araujo, Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati aren't either because we are creating a new generation."
On Marc-Andre ter Stegen and his contract talks (his deal expires in 2022), the message was very clear: "With the current situation, we've asked to speak more calmly about it. But regardless, his future remains at Barça. When the COVID-19 situation is over, we'll speak with him about a new contract."
On the potential return of Neymar this summer, Bartomeu reiterated that it won't be possible. "The financial situation isn't good. We don't expect to complete any expensive transfers. And not just us, any side in football. Especially the big teams."
A MESSAGE TO BARÇA SUPPORTERS
Bartomeu also sent a message to Barça supporters: "Be positive, happy. We are doing everything possible to advance and eliminate Napoli, who are a strong team, in the Champions League."