Rivaldo tells Barcelona to leave ‘small’ Argentine Chelsea target and sign Neymar

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Barcelona and Chelsea are among the two clubs to be strongly linked with a move for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

Barcelona are keen on revamping their front line that seems on the decline with an ageing Lionel Messi who would be 33 in June, an injured Luis Suarez who’s 33 and Antoine Griezmann who has failed to turn up at Barcelona.

Brazil and Barcelona legend Rivaldo, has now urged his former side to rather re-sign Neymar than sign Lautaro Martinez, insisting that Neymar is a big player who can fit in alongside Lionel Messi.

“The rumours are growing about Barcelona’s intention to sign Neymar and Lautaro Martinez in the next transfer window,” Rivaldo said in a column for Betfair.

“Although the young Argentinian is a good player, I think that only Neymar is a certain bet to claim a place in the starting XI side by side with Messi. ‘Looking at the last few years we have seen many valuable players who didn’t manage to play alongside Messi – failing to perform under the expectations.

“But Neymar – like Luis Suárez – is one of the few players in the world that doesn’t feel pressure on the pitch, always playing with plenty of personality.

“He never gets frightened and it would be a safe option for the club while Martinez is a young, talented forward that perhaps in two or three years may become a good signing.

“For now I think the club should prioritise Neymar. I’m a fan of his qualities and personality and I know that sometimes I’m liable to criticism as some Barcelona fans didn’t like the way Neymar decided to leave the club.

“But the truth is that he is a different player now who should be a nice help to Messi and co. in trying to win another Champions League.”

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