The summer transfer window is about to open. Barcelona has to go to work swiftly to attract players for the next season. After what has been described as a relatively promising beginning to Xavi’s tenure at Camp Nou, the board of directors is likely to pay attention to the coach’s preferences. They will give him players who can play according to his system.
According to a Spanish journalist named Xavi Torres, Xavi has reportedly provided the board of directors of Barcelona with a list of eight potential transfer targets in advance of the next season.
What are the players that the Barcelona coach is pursuing?
The names Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie top the list. They are the two free agents who have reached an agreement with Barcelona over their personal terms. The club has not yet confirmed their additions. But, they have the potential to play a significant part in providing depth to the Barcelona team.
Xavi was aggressively pursuing an extension of Ousmane Dembele’s contract. Xavi, though, is pushing for Barcelona to sign Leeds United sensation Raphinha. Moreover, the Frenchman is very close to completing his exit from Camp Nou.
The inclusion of the Brazilian brings the total number of stars on the list to three. The others are Bernardo Silva and Robert Lewandowski. So, the coach of Barcelona feels that they have the ability to provide the squad a significant advantage going into the next season of the UEFA Champions League and help them challenge for the title.
Xavi’s thoughts regarding the defensive unit
Concerning the defensive unit, it is not a secret that Xavi wants to add another central defender to the team in addition to Christensen. He is concerned about the lifespan of Gerard Pique.
The energetic Frenchman, Jules Kounde, continues to be Barcelona’s primary priority this summer. However, the Catalan club is also looking into a potential agreement to acquire Kalidou Koulibaly. Moreover, he would be a more cost-effective replacement for Kounde.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, both stars for Chelsea, round up the rest of the defensive contingent on this list. Azpilicueta can potentially serve as a possible backup for the central defenders. However, it is anticipated that the two will provide both depth and quality to the fullback line.