The club would like to strengthen across the pitch ahead of the 22-23 campaign
Money is tight but the club have still got some ambitious targets
Barcelona are preparing for one of the most important transfer windows in their recent history. Despite having their hands tied due to the financial situation, the club hope the famous 'palancas' can help them get business done this summer.
Coach Xavi Hernandez wants to strengthen the squad across the pitch and there are several names on the table. Diario SPORT take a look at all the possible incoming at Camp Nou and the current state of play:
- César Azpilicueta: The defender feels his time at Chelsea has ended and wants to join Barça. Xavi wants him. But Chelsea will not let him walk away easily, given he has one year on his contract.
- Andreas Christensen: The agreement is already in place. Just the official announcement remains. He will join for free when his Chelsea contract expires on June 30.
- Jules Koundé: Another of Xavi's priority signings. Everything indicated he would join Chelsea but Barça have appeared and the defender has stopped talks with the Premier League side. However, Sevilla want 60 million euros and won't drop their price.
- Kalidou Koulibaly: The Senegal international is out of contract with Napoli in 2023. He seems ready to leave after eight years with the club. He likes the idea of Barça. especially after talks with Xavi, but he's the 'low (lower, anyway) cost' option if Kounde is not possible.
- Marcos Alonso: The Chelsea left-back wants to return to Spain. At Barça, he would creat competition for Jorfi Alba. Like Azpilicueta, he has a year on his deal at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea won't let him leave easily.
- Franck Kessié: As with Christensen, the deal is already in place for Kessie to sign when his AC Milan contract expires this month.
- Rúben Neves: An option to compete with Sergio Busquets. The Wolves midfielder is keen to move this summer and Barça like him. He has a contract until 2024, so a fee would have to be agreed. His agent, Jorge Mendes, is key in any potential deal.
- Bernardo Silva: His arrival is totally conditioned by Frenkie de Jong. If De Jong joins Manchester United, Barça will me for Bernardo, who wants to move to Camp Nou. Pep Guardiola will let him leave if he wants, but Manchester City will set a high price tag.
- Raphinha: The top target if Ousmane Dembele doesn't renew. His price would have been 25 million euros if Leeds went down, but they stayed in the Premier League and now want more than 50 million. The difference in valuations between the two clubs is huge, but Barça have an ace up their sleeve in Deco, who is the player's agent.
- Robert Lewandowski: The Polish striker has made it clear he wants to leave Bayern Munich. He wants to join Barça and Barça have promised they will do what they can to sign him. Bayern and Barça are almost obliged to fix a price, which is the only motive for conflict at the moment.