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The signing Lautaro Martínez is the top priority at FC Barcelona for next season. A year after the presidential elections, Josep Maria Bartomeu knows that he needs to assemble a team that can achieve titles in his last campaign at the head of the Barça club before the elections and the name of the Argentine aims to perfect to complete a front of dream.

The Neymar’s signing seems to be complicated, because it is an operation of high cost both for the price of the footballer (could be around 165 million euros) and for the player’s record, which charges more than 36 million gross per season in the PSGy that it would not be willing to do a strong downgrade. This makes Lautaro a cheaper option both in the cost of the transfer (his clause is 111 million) as in your file.

This is how Lautaro Martínez plays.
DRIBLAB

The 33 years of Luis Suárez and his last injury They make the culé entity see the arrival of a pure nine as a priority. Driblab, the advanced statistics company dedicated tosoccer, decipher how Lautaro plays, what is his style of play. “He is one of the most promising forwards on the scene. And of course his performance this season has been very high. He would especially highlight his continued presence in the auction areas. In his last year in Argentina he has already averaged more than five touches in the area rival and 3.33 shots. Last year he was able to replicate it in Italy, although he finished quite poorly. He translated only 6% of his shots into a goal and had an xG (expected goals) for a very low goal. This year he is defining better and He also appears more times in those final meters: about 7.3 touches in the rival area. He is one of the players who finishes the most in the big leagues. But it is already known that to fit in Barcelona you have to meet a very specific profile. AND Lautaro leaves many doubts far from the area, especially when you have to maneuver in short spaces “, explains Antonio Durán, content coordinator for Driblab.

The Argentine is, therefore, a pure nine, a player whose performance falls as he moves away from the area. That is to say, different from Luis Suárez. One of the questions then is whether they could both play together and the answer seems affirmative, albeit with a but. “They are quite different. This season, Lautaro surpasses the Uruguayan in some respects. In addition to pressing and recovering more, he is reaching the finishing positions more than Suarez. And that has enough value, of course. He moves very well without the ball and He has barbaric physical conditions. Suárez is worse off gasoline at this point. But he continues to move great in the hot zone. That is why, by finishing less, our model gives him almost the same expected goals (xG) for 90 minutes than Lautaro: around 0.6. Defines better, generates more chances for teammates, loses fewer balls, is safer on the pass and suffers fewer steals in one-for-one. It can be said that these numbers with the ball have to do with the team in which He plays, but it is that the player that Barcelona signed in 2014 already had tremendous numbers in all these parameters, keys to fit in at the Camp Nou. we are skeptical about the hypothetical adaptation that Lautaro may have there. His passing or ball retention metrics leave a lot to be desired. ”

“Suarez can deceive because of his physical moment and his reputation as a seasoned player, but he has always had monumental technical resources. So finishing off one or two touches is still very effective. This year he has made 13 goals with shooting situations totaling 12.1 xG. Lautaro has made 14 at 15.5 xG. In a team like Barça it is difficult to see two center forwards together. But they are two players of a very high level and in a more elastic club with the systems they could surely play together, “adds Antonio Durán.

Statistical comparison of Luis Suárez vs Lautaro Martínez
Statistical comparison of Luis Suárez vs Lautaro Martínez
DRIBLAB

The player with whom Lautaro has little to do with Griezmann. The Frenchman is already in some rumors about a possible exit to make room for signings and box to deal with them, but both represent two different profiles. “They are different in many ways. Antoine is a more versatile and much more technically gifted player. This year we have seen him play many times in band without any problems. He has much more solid numbers in the pass (81%) or in the retention of the ball (82%) and although this season he is not producing as many occasions for others, he is well above Lautaro in terms of expected assists or assists. Of course, the Argentine finishes much more and is also overflowing more than him, “they emphasize in Driblab.

Comparison Lautaro Martínez vs Antoine Griezmann.
Comparison Lautaro Martínez vs Antoine Griezmann.
DRIBLAB

What is clear about Lautaro is that it is a nine cigar that is difficult to adapt to the Barça style.

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