Barcelona’s transfer solution and their probable transfer hurdles

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As per Oscar Grau’s latest interview,FC Barcelona’s revenue and increase in spending power has led to the club eye for multiple targets in the upcoming transfer window.

But the club will have a number of transfer rivalries that can make their job a complicated one.Following is the list of the transfer targets of Los Blaugrana and their potential rivalries in the field:

1)Phillipe Coutinho: Undoubtedly the club’s number one target since summer.The Brazilian is known for his long shots,free kick and great flair.When a player plays for an Epl top club as a key player his market value increases playing the toughest league.In this case the problem if not rival is the club itself with Klopp standing firm with his decision of not going into any negotiations with the club.
However Coutinho may not be the answer to their midfield woes as they search for a “holding” midfield player who can spray the ball at any place on the field with a vision to generate attack rather than a dribbler with long shot skills.The club has their solution for attack in Dembele,Messi,Deulofeu,Suarez and Denis and are more concerned with filling the void left by Xavi.

2)Leon Goretzka: It’s very unusual for a club like Barcelona to send scouts to keep track on Germans but it will be something new for the club to experiment on midfield.Goretzka is a highly rated midfielder who can play not only as CDM or CM but also an attacking midfielder.His quick feet,control, tremendous one touch passes and through balls got him under headlines as one of the most talented prospects of modern day football.A midfielder who can retain possession of the ball and can pass and cross with great accuracy.The only problem standing between him and the Catalan club is Bayern Munich.The Bundesliga giants have an aging squad to replace,and an inconsistent start to the season.They will look for earning their lost glories through their upcoming transfers.Selling a number of players,some even retiring and buying very few has led them save a lot of money for spending and can challenge Barça’s budget.Advantage shifts slightly towards Bayern in this case as Goretzka being a German has high chance of staying in Germany and also play for a big club.

3)Thiago Alacantara: Another ball holding midfielder,tested on field,26 years age,experienced and one of the best passing accuracy in Europe.Growing up in Barcelona’s renowned La Masia he understands the Barcelona way of the game and also proved himself in big matches.Can score as well as defend in the midfield.Greatest advantage?With the fall of Bayern from a Ucl winning spot,players like Kroos,Lahm,Alonso retiring,selling of Douglas Costa and injuries of old players,players like Lewadowski is showing frustation and are willing to leave the club.A perfect opportunity for Thiago Alcantra to leave for Spain to get the opportunity to win some team trophies and helping Barcelona to restore their midfield strength.Though Bayern will demand a staggering amount at this point his club itself will not be willing to sell him.It will take some serious efforts from Barcelona agents to seal a deal.

4)Julian Weigl-Perhaps the most probable player that can be available with lesser obstacles.A player who is considered as future of players like Xavi and Scholes due to his long passing ability and good vision.Yet to be considered as great as the others mentioned above but the 22-year-old is wanted by both Barcelona and Manchester City, while Paris Saint-Germain are also keen too.

And now, according to CalcioNews24, Juventus are the latest club to throw their hat into the ring.The German is reported to have an asking price in excess of £50m.

5)Lincoln Correa Dos Santos-Barcelona are set to go head-to-head with rivals Real Madrid for the signature of Flamengo starlet Lincoln Correa, according to Sport.

The 16-year-old centre-forward is currently taking part in the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup and has impressed with three goals, and he also netted five times in the South American U-17 Football Championship earlier this year.

Unfortunately for Barcelona, Lincoln is a team-mate of Vinicius Jr., who will be joining Madrid for €45 million.

Because of the cordial relationship between the two clubs, Los Blancos are believed by those in Brazil to have a head start on Barcelona in the race to sign him.

We can expect a strong rivalry in this case as we have seen during the signing of Andre Gomes in the last minute and that of Ceballos this summer.

6)Yerri Mina– The first target in this list with almost no competition from any major clubs.Yerry Mina is a 23 year old defender playing for Palmeiras in Brazil.The Columbian is expected soon to be under the elites in Europe after having a great year winning a place in team of the year and also an individual award for best defender in his league.

The player is known for his great height and strength,aerial duels,goal scoring ability,defensive prowess and reading the game well.As per reports the club has already signed the player and he will start for Barcelona from 2018-19 season.

With Mascherano aging and Pique in the wrong side of 30,he can be trained and played alongside Umtiti.

With a purchasing power close to 500 million the Catalan club can challenge any European giant in the upcoming transfer months.The winter may not see the best window to buy players at the middle of 2017-18 campaign but it is expected that the club will sign some new faces to regain their dominance in Spain as well as Europe.

Other than these,there is always the academy that will supply players like Arnaiz,Carles Alena,Palencia etc.But right now the club needs a long term investment on players- young and already proved themselves in senior level in various situation.The budget will be a great boost for the club as the inflation in transfer market has led to an increase of even the most ordinary players available.