FCB Transfers: La Liga giants Barcelona is undergoing a transition phase with Ronald Koeman rebuilding the current squad
Barcelona is concentrating on the transfer market. The club went through a series of unrest in the last month. Barca captain and talisman Lionel Messi ended up staying at Camp Nou after the transfer saga. However, the board did receive enough criticism for managing the club.
President Josep Maria Bartomeu held his post but promised to make certain changes to the club. Ronald Koeman took the office as the new manager at the Blaugrana. He promised to help the team recover from this difficult position. The Dutch gaffer has a lot of decisions to take ahead of the upcoming season. (FCB Transfers)
Koeman is yet to finalize the squad for all competitions. Suarez and Vidal may leave Barcelona soon after being left out for a pre-season friendly. Italian champions Juventus is tracking down Luis Suarez. Arturo Vidal has interests from Inter Milan as well as PSG. Veteran midfielder Ivan Rakitic has already left for La Liga rivals, Sevilla.
However, Barcelona does not many funds to spare this summer. They are running tight on the budget and so Koeman has to cut his team short. This will allow the board to release funds for new signings. As per Marca, Barcelona has approached Jorge Mendes for raising funds to bring in their top transfer priority, Lautaro Martinez.(FCB Transfers)
Jorge Mendes to raise the budget for Barca.
With Suarez on the verge of leaving the club, Griezmann looks to snap up the opportunity to play more centrally. The Catalan need more squad depth and quality to compete in the European competitions and the league. Hence, a new striker is bound to arrive at Camp Nou.
Lautaro Martinez is a proficient striker and can fit in the squad as a false nine creating goals. The Argentine paired with Manchester United outcast Romelu Lukaku to form a great attacking force last season. Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte utilized the duo efficiently challenging Juventus for a fight in the title race. Martinez racked up 29 goals along with 7 assists in 49 appearances for the club last term. (FCB Transfers)
Super agent Jorge Mendes manages top European football personalities including Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho. Barcelona approached Mendes to make transfers and produce funds for the signing of the young striker. Lautaro bears a price tag of £102 million. Mendes has to work hard to reach that sum. He could probably add a player in the bid for Martinez to the Nerazzuri. (FCB Transfers)