Legendary Barcelona player Rivaldo has insisted that the club should prioritise the signing of Paris Saint Germain’s Neymar over Inter’s Lautaro Martinez in the upcoming Summer transfer window.
Reports in the media have stated that the Brazilian and Argentine attackers are Barcelona’s top two targets for the Summer but Rivaldo, who spent five years with the Blaugrana between 1997 and 2002, has shared his belief that they should be focusing on Neymar.
Rivaldo, who won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, believes that Lautaro is not yet ready for a move to Barcelona and believes that Barcelona should bring Neymar in to reunite the Messi, Suarez, Neymar attack which was highly successful in the past.
“Rumours say that Barcelona are considering trying to sign the young Argentinian attacker Lautaro Martínez from Inter, but I think that the 22-year-old needs to keep developing and gaining experience. He’s already a valuable player for Inter, and could become a top player in the future, but he’s not ready for Barca,” he said in an interview with Betfair.
“Barcelona should focus on bringing Neymar back, to reunite him with Messi and Luis Suarez in the devastating attack they had in the past.
“They should make every financial effort to get Neymar because it seems PSG are now more open to realistic offers. They should do everything necessary to sign a player who’s already proved his value and wouldn’t be a risky signing.”
Reports in the media have suggested that Neymar could cost close to €200 million to sign whilst Lautaro has a €111 million release clause in his current contract with Inter.