Barcelona to spend £202m on four new signings: Real Madrid star tops Nou Camp wish-list which also includes Tottenham playmaker
Barcelona are plotting a summer of major changes and could spend in excess of £200million to challenge for major honours next season after a poor campaign this year.
The Blaugrana are set to lose out on a third straight LaLiga title, with arch-rivals Real Madrid ahead of them in the table with the end in sight. They suffered a humiliating Champions League exit at the quarterfinal stage with Juventus knocking them out 3-0 on aggregate.
Boss Luis Enrique has already announced his departure after three years in charge, but no replacement has been found as of yet. This summer has been billed as a summer of major transition, with Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi both remarkably entering the final year of their respective contracts.
Four players head up the list of players wanted by the Blaugrana. First of all, they are hoping to add Isco to the list of players to cross the ‘Clasico’ divide and join from Real Madrid. Bleacher Report say they are willing to spend £60million to sign the Spanish playmaker, once dubbed the heir to Iniesta, but despite him barely featuring, it is unlikely Los Blancos will allow him to move to the Camp Nou and will instead look to sell to one of his suitors in the Premier League or elsewhere in Europe.
The other creative midfielder on the list is Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, who the Mirror claim will cost £58million. The Dane has been in impeccable form for Spurs this season, and the White Hart Lane club will not want to lose such a vital player. Mauricio Pochettino is edging closer to winning the club’s first ever Premier League title, but the bright lights of Barcelona could be too much for Eriksen to refuse.
Barça also recognise their defence needs real work, particularly at fullback. Jordi Alba has found regular football hard to come by at times, and Sergi Roberto is the sole option at right back with Aleix Vidal injured. PSG’s Serge Aurier is supposedly on their radar, according to L’Equipe, who say he would cost £22million. Bayern Munich’s David Alaba is also wanted, for £60million, according to Diario Gol.
Aurier has not always been popular in Paris for disciplinary reasons, but his talent is undeniable, while Alaba may be interested in a new challenge after so long dominating the German Bundesliga with Bayern. The Austrian is set to win his fifth successive title in Bavaria.