Former Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic, has opined that the Spanish side should consider signing Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino instead of Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez.
The Argentine attacker Martinez has generated strong interest from Barcelona, with Barca looking to sign him in the summer, where he would team up with international colleague Lionel Messi, but former Barca star Bojan suspects Martinez does not have the qualities that Barca require, given their shape and playing style. He however claims Liverpool attacker Firmino would be a better signing for Barca as his playing style is suited to the team's pattern unlike the out-and-out style Martinez is used to at Inter.
Writing on Spanish website Sport, Bojan said:
"Inter don't usually take the initiative and that makes me think that Lautaro could occupy an area at Barca that is naturally not his.
"[That is] something that would certainly be a shame.
"If you allow me a name, I would bet more on Firmino: a link player, with a lot of presence and great mobility.
"I do not intend that this reflection be interpreted as a refusal to sign the Argentine, but I understand that his profile must be analysed very well because it would be unforgivable that, as happened with Griezmann, we sign a striker to put him on the wing and then complain that it doesn't work.
"That cannot happen again because, although it seems obvious, a nine is a nine. That is his natural habitat and to move him from there is to waste his talent. If Barca need a nine, sign him, but do it to really use him."