Barcelona want £150m trio: Liverpool, Tottenham & Arsenal stars on Nou Camp shopping list
Barcelona will look to bring in major additions to boost their Nou Camp squad next summer and have outlined potential swoops for three top Premier League stars.
Barcelona find themselves in a real battle to retain their La Liga title with arch-rivals Real Madrid putting in a real sprint at the start of the current campaign and this has led the Catalan club to draw up a list of new targets.
Luis Enrique feels that certain areas of his squad could do with strengthening and has been told that funds will be available with three players based in England attracting genuine interest.
Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris is said to interest Enrique with German keeper Marc-André ter Stegen proving steady, if not spectacular, since becoming Barcelona’s first-choice starter in all competitions following Claudio Bravo’s move to Manchester City.
£30m rated French international Lloris is said to be considering his options following his side’s Champions League failings this term and could be tempted by a move to a big club next summer.
Enrique has been strongly linked with a move to re-sign Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin and even though the youngster has signed a new Gunners contract the European giants are ready to make an offer for the 21-year-old, who is already said to be valued in the £40m-45m bracket.
Bellerin left his hometown club in 2011 but may well find the prospect of returning to Barcelona hard to ignore but would presumably look for assurances over a regular first-team berth.
The third player on Barca’s shopping list comes in the form of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho and the Brazilian has been strongly linked with a move to the club with a number of sources claiming the interest to be genuine.
The 24-year-old has matured into one of the most effective creative midfielders in European football and Coutinho certainly has a lot to thank Liverpool for, the former Inter Milan man seeing his career salvaged by the Anfield side.
Coutinho has more than repaid the £8.5m Liverpool paid for his services back in January 2013 and is a crucial part of Jurgen Klopp’s first-team set-up, forming a pivotal part of a three-pronged attack alongside fellow countryman Roberto Firmino and summer signing Sadio Mane.
Some sources claim Barcelona would be willing to pay as much as £78m for Coutinho and the presence of good friend Neymar could aid their attempts to complete the transfer.
Enrique is willing to trim his squad in order to make room for new additions and could look to cash-in on the sales of bit-part performers to help balance the books with the likes of Arda Turan, Lucas Digne and Aleix Vidal being surplus to requirements.