Former Argentina and Barcelona star, Javier Saviola has warned Inter Milan striker, Lautaro Martinez over moving to the Nou Camp and forming a partnership with the club talisman, Lionel Messi – revealing that “it seems easy but it is not”.
Martinez has enjoyed a breakout season in Italy, scoring 16 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions before the coronavirus pandemic halted all football and his form has led to reports that the Catalan giants are interested in signing him as they view him as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.
Martinez is currently available for a fee of €111million with that clause set to expire on July 15, and while Saviola feels that he would be a great addition to the team, there is also the difficulty of forming a successful partnership with Messi.
? Javier Saviola (ex-Argentina) on an Instagram chat: “Lautaro is a player who can come in handy for Barcelona. We know what it means to be next to Luis Suárez, Messi and other great players. I’m not saying that it is easy to play with them.” [goal]
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“Honestly for me he is a player who can come in handy for Barcelona. We know what it means to be next to Suarez, Messi and other great players. I am not saying that it is easy to play with them,” he said to Goal.
Saviola gave an example of Paulo Dybala who has so far struggled to build up a partnership with Messi while playing for Argentina as the Juventus ace has
“Dybala said it was difficult with Messi and I supported him because it requires a high level of concentration, to be at his pace. It seems easy but it is not,” he added.
Martinez though for his part has not had such problems when playing for Argentina as he has already netted nine goals in just 17 appearances and looks set to be a staple for them for the foreseeable future.