Here DMT takes a look at 5 potential signings for Spanish side Barcelona this January transfer window.
It could be a busy January transfer window for cash-strapped Barcelona who are rumoured to be lining up some big-name signings.
Firstly though, after signing Ferrán Torres on a five-year contract from Manchester City for €55m, plus €10m add ons, it is likely that Barca will have to offload some players that are surplus to requirements before bringing in some fresh faces.
Out-of-favour defender Samuel Umtiti, Ousmane Dembélé and Philippe Coutinho all look set to leave in the transfer window which will free up some much-needed cash for new boss Xavi.
So, who is Xavi looking to bring in?
Here Dad Man Talks looks at five players who have been linked with a move to the Catalan club.
According to reports, Andreas Christensen has no plans to extend his contract at Chelsea Football Club following interest from Barcelona.
Chelsea are said to be keen to keep the 25-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, however, Spanish newspaper Sport claim that he has decided to reject Chelsea’s offer and is now close to joining Barcelona.
The Catalan club are now in pole position to sign the Dane after it was revealed that the player and his representatives have reportedly been in contact with Barca for weeks.
Former Chelsea striker Álvaro Morata is believed to be a priority signing for FC Barcelona and reports suggest that Xavi has already spoken to his agent in the hopes of signing him.
The 29-year-old Spanish international is apparently unhappy at Juventus, who he joined from Atletico Madrid on a one-year loan deal worth €10 million, with an option for purchase at €45 million, in September 2020, and he is said to be keen on a move to the Catalan club.
Xavi believes that Morata’s versatility, work rate and eye for goal make him the ideal player to round off an attacking front line that has already been reinforced with the signing of Torres and Ansu Fati, when he overcomes his injuries.
Barcelona must now persuade Atlético Madrid to sell, who are asking for at least €35m.
Xavi’s raid on former and current Chelsea talent looks set to continue as Christensen’s defensive partner and club captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, has an agreement in principle to join Barcelona when his contract expires at the end of the season, according to reports in Catalonia.
The 32-year-old has yet to commit his future to the club and is seen as a dependable defender by the Nou Camp club.
The Spaniard, who was signed from Marseille way back in 2012, has won eight trophies with the Stamford Bridge side and could now be looking for a new challenge.
With the probable departure of Samuel Umtiti, Barca will need another defender.
The prospect of Azpilicueta alongside Spanish national team teammate Piqué might be too tempting for Xavi to miss out on.
Barcelona are ready to open negotiations with agent Mino Raiola for the signing of Noussair Mazraoui from AFC Ajax, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Moroccan right-back will be a free agent in the summer, with his deal running out and the Catalans are ready to rope him in as a replacement for Sergino Dest.
The 24-year-old, who has been capped 12 by his country, has impressed with his performance in the Champions League this year and Barcelona will hope that any discussions with Raiola could tempt him to open negotiations for prolific Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
The highly sought after striker looks likely to leave the Bundesliga side, either in January or more likely, in the summer and Barca will be hoping that he chooses the club, who currently find themselves 7th in LaLiga.
However, the Spanish giants will face strong competition from both Manchester clubs who have been strongly linked with the 21-year-old.
The Norwegian has scored a staggering record of 76 goals in 75 matches since signing for Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January 2020.
That includes 53 in 54 Bundesliga appearances. Haaland has 13 goals in just 11 league games this term.
It remains to be seen who Barca sign in the Spanish transfer window, but of those listed above, Xavi would almost definitely place Haaland at the top of the pile.
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Roscoe @ DMT
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