Barça has already made three signings officially for the 2023-24 season. Ilkay Gündogan, Iñigo Martínez, already presented and Vitor Roque. Although the incorporation of the latter could be delayed until January or July 2024. It depends on the Economic ‘fair play’. But the news of the week is the reactivation of Bernardo Silva as a target for the midfield, information that was released exclusively by Mundo Deportivo.
Xavi wants a right-back and the president Joan Laporta has taken it upon himself to ‘make it official’. He admitted it publicly these days. The sports management has been tracking a candidate for some time. The name of Iván Fresneda has been on the table, with several meetings with his representatives. However, in the club there is no consensus neither for the investment (20 million of the negotiable clause) nor for the youth prodigy. Barça would now be evaluating a more experienced signing and club sources have confirmed to MD that the idea of a loan for Joao Cancelo is once again present. Xavi has always liked it. The fact that Jorge Mendes is his agent who plays in favour of Barcelona. He is a very good friend of President Joan Laporta.
FC Barcelona wants to try to get the services of Bernardo Silva (28 years old), Manchester City midfielder. Xavi Hernández continues to insist on reinforcing the midfield with a player with a good inside pass, as well as a pivot, and Bernardo is his number one priority, as MD learned. In the Camp Nou offices they know of the extreme difficulty involved in this operation. But still they are working on it to make it successful. They want a competitive team to fight in the UCL.
Barça will pay the 200,000 euros of the termination clause for Álvaro Pérez Campo, Trilli. He’s a 20-year- old Deportivo La Coruña right back. They’ll also pay 250,000 euros for the clause of Diego Percan. The 21-year-old striker for Cultural Leonesa. They will be the next arrivals after the Senegalese center-back Mikail Faye, who turned 19 on Friday, July 14.
In the last few hours, talks have been intensified with Girona for the transfer of “Ex-La Masia” Graduate, Oriol Romeu. Barcelona have made a decisive offer of 4 million euros fixed and 1 million euros as a variable to the Catalan arch brother Girona. The next 48 hours would be decisive in that matter. As per reliable journalist Krrish Smith who already gave the green light about the deal with a possible addition of Pablo Torre going on loan to Girona.
But Girona wants Nico Gonzalez as the main men to replace Romeu. They even offered a potential swap deal which was rejected at the initial stages. A few days ago, Pere Guardiola, brother of ex-Barca legend and socio, Pep Guardiola, clearly asked Barca to not negotiate for Romeu as they are building their team around him. But the willingness of the ex-La Masia graduate to return to his boyhood club forced them to negotiate.
Lo Celso is a midfielder Xavi Hernández considers that he meets the midfielder profile sought at Barça to feed Lewandowski with balls. The Argentinean midfielder could be the last reinforcement for the midfield as long as there are some departures.
Barça are on the hunt for young talent before it explodes. Due to the economic crisis, networks are launched to control interesting players. The latest name to break into the market is the 19-year-old Ecuadorian midfielder Óscar Zambrano, from Liga de Quito. The Ecuadorian pivot generates interest in the Camp Nou headquarters. Now it is to be seen, how Barcelona approaches this deal. Many other clubs are also interested in this player which makes Barcelona vulnerable if they don’t act quickly.
The Fiorentina midfielder Amrabat wanted to wear Barca Jersey last winter. The Moroccan has a contract with the Viola club until 2024. Xavi had him on his agenda. But he did not occupy a priority position on his list of midfielders as a replacement for Sergio Busquets. He now seems to be in the orbit of Manchester United, although he expects a move from Barça.
In the line of young players who are standing out. The price of the Uruguayan midfielder has gone up. Since he became the leader of the current U-20 World Cup champion, Uruguay. The young Uruguayan (20 years old) has been in the Barca orbit for a long time. But there are more and more teams interested in signing him and that has raised the player’s cache. Liverpool Montevideo has a revalued jewel. At Barça they handle very good reports on Fabricio Díaz. But from the Barça sports management it is also clear that there are other priorities and they will not bet on the incorporation of him unless there is enough margin to make the rest of the signings.