Bojan Advises Barcelona To Sign Firmino Instead Of Martinez
Former Barcelona striker, Bojan Krkiç has advised Barcelona to go for Brazilian and Liverpool striker, Roberto Firmino instead of Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez.
Bojan, 29, feels the Brazilian, Firmino, would fit in easily into Barcelona's philosophy than the Argentine, Martinez.
The Inter striker has been on Barca's radar with the hope of moving to the Camp Nou at the end of the season where he would team up with his compatriot, Lionel Messi but former Barca star Bojan suspects Martinez does not have the qualities that Barca require, given their shape and playing style.
He has warned signing another out-and-out striker could prove an error, after the difficulty Antoine Griezmann has encountered in settling following his move from Atletico Madrid.
Writing on Spanish website Sport, Bojan said Martinez was well suited to Inter's counter-attacking game, and stressed he was an "excellent" player, but he also expressed doubt over the Barcelona link, saying: "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."
Firmino joined Liverpool from Hoffenheim in 2015 and has been an integral part of Jurgen Klopp's front three attackers, he helped Liverpool to win the Champions League last season and top the Premier League this term.