The upcoming months will be highly busy for all top European teams, and Spanish giants Barcelona will not be an exception as they will also be keen to complete at least a major number of their ongoing transfer races – if not all of them.
Barcelona are all set to defend their La Liga title as well as the Copa del Rey trophy, but have found themselves seriously lacking to have what it takes to taste a similar success in Europe. Their last Champions League win was in 2014-15, while arch-rivals Real Madrid have since gone on to establish themselves in the competition like no other side ever, with a hattrick of titles.
The Blaugranas now want to add some Champions Trophy cups to their trophy cabinet, more than ever before. As a result, boss Ernesto Valverde looks to strengthen his squad and have hence been linked with some key names.
GiveMeSport reports that, having already completed a €75million-deal for AFC Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, Barca have now diverted their attention towards his current teammate Matthijs de Ligt, Bundesliga’s Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, as per ESPN.
It is expected that de Ligt and Jovic will cost at least £70million each, while Griezmann would be slightly pricier, at around £100million.
Barcelona already have a huge player wage-budget, and it is hence expected that they may have to let go of some players, provided they want to fund all the above-mentioned transfers. One of the players expected to leave is Philippe Coutinho, whose future at the Camp Nou is in doubt after a disappointing season till date. In addition, there are others like Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitic and Malcom who could bring substantial sums of money as transfer fees.
GiveMeSport adds that players like Jasper Cillessen and Rafinha are no longer in Valverde’s plans, while Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez who are out on loans, do not have a future at the club.
While Coutinho alone could leave for €100million, Rakitic’s asking price has been tabled at a reported €80million. The remaining players could leave for a collective sum of around €120million, all of which together hence means that Barcelona will look to make around €300million via player sales, before they venture forward to buy fresh talent.
FOX Sports Asia probability ratings: 4/5; Most of the players mentioned above are clearly not a part of Barcelona’s future, at least as far as Ernesto Valverde has envisioned it. Also, most of the club’s targets are clearly replacements to the above-mentioned transfer-listed players. Selling them will only help the Catalans in getting the players of their choice, hence this does seem like the logical move forward.