Diario Sport reported that Xavi Hernandez in his bid to build a formidable team needs two players per position.
With this the Catalan Giants are expected to sign upto seven players to effect this change during the summer transfer window.
With some players like Neto ready to leave at the end of the season, more vacant positions will be left for others to fit in, meaning that the club will be busy this summer transfer window.
The club has six centre-backs: Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia, Ronald Araujo, Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti and Oscar Mingueza. The first three will be kept and the other three will be moved on. At least one new centre-back will arrive; it’s expected to be Andreas Christensen, who’ll join on a free from Chelsea. According to football espana.
Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to come in at right-back while Javi Galan, Alex Telles, Alejandro Grimaldo, Nicolas Tagliafico and Alex Moreno are being considered as back-up to Jordi Alba.
In centre-midfield it’s understood that Xavi wants six players and he already has them; Sergio Busquets, Gavi, Pedri, Nico Gonzalez, Frenkie de Jong and Franck Kessie, who’ll arrive on a free transfer from Milan in a deal that’s already closed.
Two forwards are expected to arrive. One is Raphinha of Leeds United, although that deal is proving more difficult than had been anticipated. The other is thought to be Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski; he’ll cost in the region of €40m.
There’s also several other unanswered questions, however.
To bring in the players they want some of the current squad will have to depart. Dani Alves, Sergi Roberto, Ousmane Dembele, Luuk de Jong and Adama Traore’s contracts are ending and it’s unclear as to whether they’ll stay. Others will be sold.
Adapted from football espana