Posted by admin on May 4, 2021
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Barcelona are rebuilding under Ronald Koeman and have six-star names on their summer shortlist, according to reports.
And, while new president Joan Laporta is optimistic about keeping Lionel Messi, Barca require fresh blood around their iconic No10.
According to Sport, the LaLiga giants have their eyes on six key targets – with securing a new striker at the top of their wishlist.
Erling Haaland is the highest-profile name that they are courting up front, with the Norwegian’s father Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola having visited club chiefs last month.
The title-chasing Catalans could win the race to his signature, with the attraction of playing alongside Messi a key factor.
A cheaper option, however, has emerged in soon-to-be free agent Manchester City star Sergio Aguero, with the 32-year-old reportedly eager to join Barcelona.
Boss Koeman, 58, is a big fan of former Manchester United star Memphis Depay, and with Depay’s contract, like Aguero’s, set to expire this summer, Barca could land themselves a bargain from Lyon.
Barca’s fourth striker option is long-term target Lautaro Martinez, who like so many others, is attracted by playing with his fellow countryman Messi.
Barca’s fifth-man shortlist is rounded off by another two upcoming free agents.
Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum has shown little inclination to extend his deal at Anfield.
Eric Garcia rounds off the list, meanwhile, with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola having recently admitted that he expects the talented defender to join Barcelona.
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