Mané, Lewandowski … how Barça intends to proceed to strengthen this summer


Guaranteed to compete in the Champions League next season, Barça have the ambition to strengthen the workforce of their first team in all areas of the game, with particular attention paid to the attack, where a big name is expected.

Qualified for the Champions League, Barça can look to the future with more serenity. “From now on, we will have less pressure to achieve our other objective, which is to stay in 2nd place in La Liga. We saved the situation”, welcomed Xavi, the coach, on Saturday. Relieved by this victory snatched in the last moments of the match at Betis, the club’s emblematic former midfielder immediately looked ahead, announcing that he was “already planning for the summer” .

Xavi worked with Mateu Alemany and Jordi Cruyff, respectively director of football and technical adviser, on the outlines of his future team whose level of competitiveness he wants to increase exponentially. According to information gathered by the Catalan press, Barça’s plan is to make up to seven signings on the transfer market, knowing that some files are on the right track. If Barça is assured of the signing of Franck Kessie, who will arrive free from Milan, Barça is exploring other avenues to strengthen its midfield.

Martin Zubimendi (23 years old, Real Sociedad), Aurélien Tchouaméni (22 years old, Monaco) and Ruben Neves (25 years old, Wolverhampton), rather elements of the future, are cited among the potential candidates for the succession of Busquets of which Xavi recalled that it will “not be eternal”. Behind, Chelsea central defender Andreas Christensen on Barça’s shelves for several weeks but he should not be the only one to leave Stamford Bridge for Camp Nou, according to Sport.

Expected movement in both directions

The Catalan club have reportedly reached an agreement with Azpilicueta for the right-back position and are in talks with Marcos Alonso for the left-back one. But the most important investment is planned for the line of attack. Erling Haaland, whose transfer to Manchester City should be completed this week, has made the Catalan leaders dream. The required salary, a little less. It is about 30 million euros annually. What curb the desires of other major European clubs.

This is what Xavi suggested, questioned on the subject at a press conference on Monday. Faced with the impossibility of concluding this transfer, Barça has made the profile of Robert Lewandowski a priority. The Polish striker, under contract until 2023 with Bayern, would still be number one on the list despite numerous denials, but Bayern are so far inflexible in their communication. In this context a name has emerged in the environment of Barça: that of Sadio Mané.

The 30-year-old Senegalese striker dreams of joining La Liga, and if he manages to sign for Barca, reports Mundo Deportivo. He is considered a serious option by the Catalan leaders, who are keen to sign a very high level striker who can make a difference when it matters. It is now up to the club to find the necessary means.

The day before, Mundo Deportivo gave an update on the Barca players who could leave this summer. In addition to the players returning from loan, the Catalan daily listed eight elements of the current workforce for which the door is wide open: goalkeeper Neto, French defenders Clément Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti, Spanish defender Oscar Mingueza, midfielder Riqui Puig , and strikers Adama Traoré, Martin Braithwaite and Luuk de Jong. Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay are classified as potential starters, in the event of an interesting offer.

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