Barcelona’s financial crisis led to the departure of the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi to PSG in the summer. The club are said to need to get rid of many stars to reduce their wage bill if they want to sign a new contract in the summer. Xavi Hernandez has selected the players he wants to sign with the club after bringing in the likes of Ferran Torres and former team-mate Dani Alves.
However, Barcelona had difficulty in offloading players. Samuel Umtiti has been plagued by injuries repeatedly and has only made one appearance this season. He was tipped to leave in the summer but Barcelona failed to find a market for the French defender.
Another Barcelona defender, 22-year-old Oscar Mingueza, has attracted interest from Valencia, first choice being Getafe’s Djene. Xavi Hernandez is also said to have put Sergio Dest on the transfer list. He has recently been reliant on Dani Alves while Sergi Roberto is also capable of playing at right-back.
Barcelona is reported are looking to include Alejandro Balde in a potential deal for Ajax’s Tagliafico. The club have also not ruled out a move for Dutchman Memphis Depay, who can be expected to attract interest from multiple clubs.
Barcelona target potential signings amid financial uncertainty
Once the wage bill is lowered, Barcelona are expected to sign multiple contracts. Brazilians Oscar, who plays for Chinese club Shanghai Port, revealed that Barcelona could not sign him because the club was having difficulty registering players. Xavi Hernandez has more signings he wants to strengthen the squad.
Umtiti needs a replacement as the Frenchman has suffered from a long-term injury, with Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen being evaluated as a potential option. Juventus’ Alvaro Morata along with Valencia’s Gaya are other players Xavi Hernandez wants to sign. Gaya has long been tipped as the successor to Jordi Alba at Barcelona, while a striker is an obvious requirement.
Xavi Hernandez is said to have held talks with club president Joan Laporta, Vice President Rafa Yuste and director of football Mateu Alemany and made his request. Laporta only recently announced that Barcelona will soon resolve its financial crisis and will be able to make high-profile moves again, starting in the summer.
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In recent weeks, Erling Haaland has been linked with the club. The striker has been rated as a signing that could make the transition much easier in the near term. Barcelona already has a strong roster of young players and just needs the right signings to become title contenders in the years to come.
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