Barcelona close to completing centre-forward transfer with second deal in the pipeline

Barcelona are in advanced negotiations to sign Rayo Vallecano forward Fabian Luzzi, reports claim. The talented teenager has been training with his club’s first team during the second half of the 2019/2020 campaign.

Luzzi, who turned 16 in May, is considered to be one of Spain’s brightest talents having made four appearances for the nation’s Under-16 squad.

The centre-forward scored a brace during December’s 3-3 international friendly draw against England and was twice an unused substitute for Rayo Vallecano’s senior side for Copa del Rey fixtures with Barakaldo and Villarreal.

And his progression hasn’t gone unnoticed with Spanish heavyweights Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid all vying for his services, according to Marca.

However, Quique Setien’s side, who are back in competitive action against Mallorca on Saturday, are in the driving seat.

Barcelona are in advanced negotiations to sign Rayo Vallecano forward Fabian Luzzi, reports claim. The talented teenager has been training with the clubs first-team side during the second half of the 2019/2020 campaign.

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It’s claimed the Spanish champions are already in ‘advanced negotiations’ to sign the 16-year-old and would slot him straight into Franc Artiga’s youth setup.

Rayo have made it clear that they would like to retain Luzzi’s services and have offered the youngster a new contract.

Luzzi isn’t the only Rayo Vallecano gem Barcelona are trying to pinch.

Marca suggest 20-year-old centre-back Martin Pascual is also on the Catalan giants’ radar having scouted him numerous times this season.

Pascual has made 11 appearances for the club in all competitions and looks to have a bright future, but could be available on a free transfer with his contract set to expire on June 30.

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Meanwhile, Barcelona are still in pursuit of Inter Milan’s Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez.

But the Italian club’s chief executive Giuseppe Marotta doesn’t want to sell and will wait to see whether Barca trigger Martinez’s £98million release clause which expires on July 7.

“We want to strengthen the team structure of which Lautaro is an important element, young, very keen and from talent he is now becoming a true champion,” he told Sky Sports.

“This thanks to the work of Antonio Conte, of the club and himself. He has proven to have great football and professional skills. So much so as to recognise now that his path has not reached the peak yet and that he can still grow more with us.

“Inter does not want to sell, but to buy like big clubs do and we want to follow this line. There is a clause and it ends on July 7.

“We’ll see what Barcelona want to do and then we will see what he wants. Today it is important that he is focused and ready to give his contribution for everyone’s satisfaction.”

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