Barcelona Line Up Lionel Messi's Countryman as Alternative if They Fail to Land Haaland This Summer

Barcelona Line Up Lionel Messi's Countryman as Alternative if They Fail to Land Haaland This Summer

- Barcelona line up Lautaro Martinez as an alternative to Erling Haaland

- The La Liga club prefers the Norwegian but his exorbitant price tag might chase then away

- This may now force them to consider making another bid for the Inter Milan star this summer

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Barcelona are reportedly planning to make a move for Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez if they fail to seal a deal for Erling Haaland this summer.

The Catalans lost Luis Suarez to Spanish League rivals Atletico Madrid after the arrival of Ronald Koeman last August.

However, the financial crisis caused by the deadly coronavirus has denied the Nou Camp outfit a chance to secure the services of another top star.

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With Haaland expected to cost the Blaugrana a fortune if they decide to go for him, the La Liga side is now expected to re-ignite interest in the Argentine forward.

Barcelona 'make Lautaro Martinez their plan B if they cannot sign Erling Haaland this summer
Lautaro Martinez celebrating his goal for Inter Milan during their Italian League clash against Torino Photo by Sportinfoto/DeFodi Images
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Dortmund will only listen to offers in the range of £150million before they can allow their man to leave before the expiration of his deal with them as reported by Daily Mail.

Meanwhile, Lautaro who has scored 14 goals in 27 Serie A games this season is now attracting top football clubs with his exhilarating performances for the player.

Sources claim that the 23-year-old still nurses the ambition of playing alongside Lionel Messi remains with the club.

With the financial crisis rocking the Italian League club, they may have no choice but to allow Martinez leave to raise funds and sort out their burdens during the summer window.

Martinez could be that man, with Barcelona reportedly confident they could sign him this year for a price significantly lower than the £94m that was his release clause until last July.

However, one snag is that coach Ronald Koeman isn't completely convinced Martinez is the player Barcelona need and they would only go after him if they fail to sign Haaland.

Haaland's father Alfie and his agent Mino Raiola visited Barcelona earlier this week for talks before going on to a meeting with Real Madrid, another interested party.

Apart from Barcelona, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have also been linked with the Norwegian star. earlier reported that Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland could snub a switch to the Premier League and move to Real Madrid instead.

Haaland is currently Europe's most in-demand player, with numerous clubs lining up bids in the summer.

The Norwegian hotshot has enjoyed a significant rise to prominence over the last couple of days, thanks to his impressive goalscoring heroics.