Argentina’s Under-20 and Olympic team coach, Fernando Batista believes that Luis Suarez and Lautaro Martinez can play together “without problems” should the Inter Milan striker make the move to the Camp Nou this summer.
Martinez has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer as the club management see him as a long-term replacement to the ageing Suarez, who is entering into the twilight years of his career.
Batista, who knows the 22-year-old well, says the two players would be a hit with Lionel Messi up front for the Spanish champions.
“If you want to play 4-3-3, there would be room only for one of the two. But with those two beasts up top, he would have a great advantage.
This would also give [Lionel] Messi, who now drops a little further back, more options to pass. I would not hesitate: I would play with Suárez and Lautaro together,” he said as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
“Those who play well and are smart can do it. So Suarez and Lautaro could play together without problems. An example is found today at Inter. Lautaro coexists with Lukaku without problems. They have similar characteristics and both stand out. When one goes through the middle, the other goes out to the side. They do not overlap.”
Widely hailed as one of the best young strikers in the world, Martinez has enjoyed a breakout season this term and it will be interesting to see whether Barca can afford him due to the financial impact caused by the coronavirus outbreak.