Barcelona re-shuffle: £130m rated Chelsea, Liverpool & Tottenham stars on Nou Camp transfer wish-list
Spanish champions FC Barcelona are said to be looking to the Premier League as they draw up a list of possible transfer targets.
The Blaugrana are currently two points behind arch-rivals Real Madrid in La Liga and failure to defend their title could result in the club heading in a new direction next season.
According to the London Evening Standard, Barça are set to join the race for Tottenham Hotspur wonderkid Dele Alli, while the Independent claim they are in the hunt for unsettled Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
The final name is Liverpool’s Adam Lallana with the Times claiming the England international’s impressive form this season has caught the eye of the Nou Camp hierarchy.
It remains to be seen whether anything will happen, but it is likely that Barcelona would face competition for both Alli and Costa. Real Madrid are also reportedly interested in the Spurs man, while the situation with the Blues star is well documented.
Costa missed Chelsea’s victory over Premier League champions Leicester City last weekend after a row with boss Antonio Conte. A £30m-per-year offer to play in the Chinese Super League is on the table, while the striker’s former club Atletico Madrid, whom he left to move to Stamford Bridge in 2014, are also said to be keen on re-signing him, also per the Independent.
It is unlikely that Lallana, who has become a vital part of the furniture at Anfield since Jurgen Klopp arrived at the club in October 2015, would want to leave Anfield having cemented a role in midfield alongside the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho, who has been urged to move to Catalonia by Brazil legend Rivaldo, per Sky Sports.
But with continued doubts over Lionel Messi’s future amid contract uncertainty and rumoured Manchester City interest, according to the Mirror, as well as the likes of Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez approaching the end of their careers, Barcelona are having to think more seriously about the future.
The likes of Ivan Rakitic, Arda Turan and Andre Gomes, who were all signed in the last three years, could be shown to the exit door after failing to establish themselves in the first team recently.
Their plans are unclear, however, with question marks over whether coach Luis Enrique will remain in charge beyond the summer. The 46-year-old, who has won five trophies at the club since taking over from Tata Martino in 2014, will be out of contract in the summer and he could depart.
Should the £130m swoop go ahead, it would be the biggest spending spree in recent times for the club and a real departure from the club’s philosophy of promoting youth players from their academy La Masia.
Many of the current first team, including Messi, Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique, as well as club legends Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernandez are previous products, but players have more recently struggled to make the step up.