This season was certainly disappointing for Spanish giants Barcelona. Even though they won the La Liga title, their season didn’t end the best way, especially in Europe where the Blaugrana blew another huge first-leg lead and got eliminated from Champions League, this time in front of the eventual champions Liverpool.
Added to that, they got defeated by Valencia in the Copa del Rey final, leaving the Blaugrana with more doubts than certain ahead of next season. Plenty of fans and experts believe a cycle ended in Barcelona and now is time to make an overhaul just like other big teams across the continent plan on doing.
That is why the Catalans have been linked with a lot of players in recent weeks as they’re eager to start dominating every tournament they play again. Just in case you’re unaware of what has been going on with Barcelona in recent weeks or you just missed a hot report, here are the latest Barcelona rumors and transfer plans.
Barca Want Attack Featuring Neymar And Griezmann
One of the hottest rumors surrounding Barcelona and his potential transfers involve two players who have been linked with the club in recent hours. Antoine Griezmann move to Barcelona is almost done as reports indicate his signing with the Catalonians is just a matter of time.
Moreover, Barcelona won’t stop there, as they are reportedly interesting of getting back Brazilian International Neymar to Camp Nou. Ney left the club in 2017 when he joined French side Paris Saint-Germain and now seeing the struggles of the team to succeed in Europe, Neymar is very likely to consider a comeback to Spain.
Mundo Deportivo reported that both players have stated their desire to join the club in the near future, but unlike Griezmann’s, Ney’s situation is not that simple. PSG would have to be willing to let Ney go and that’s something highly unlikely at this point. However, if the Blaugrana pull off this move, they would have one of the most stacked attacks in European football.
Matthijs De Ligt Still A Priority For The Team
It’s well known that one of the wishes of Barcelona this offseason is getting the signature of Ajax wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt, who had a marvelous season with the Dutch side this one. According to Mundo Deportivo Barcelona are keen to land de Ligt once and for all as they don’t want to miss the chance to get him while there are no real contenders for him.
They have to move fast to sign the Dutchman, though, as Juventus is on the hunt to approach de Ligt and take him out of Amsterdam. Maybe all the time that Barcelona have lost trying to sign de Ligt will be tragical for the Cules.
Coutinho, Rakitic and Umtiti Expected To Lead Massive Team Clearout
Just like they are expected to bring several names to Camp Nou this summer, Barcelona are also set to clear out the roster and let go at least nine players in the offseason. Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho are the ones who would be leading this Barca’s makeover. Umtiti and his knee issues can leave the Blaugrana this season looking the path the team is going to follow in the summer.
With the arrival of Frenkie de Jong and the good seasons Arturo Vidal and Arthur had, Rakitic is expected to lose his role in the starting eleven and in the roster as well; luckily, he’s been linked with great teams like Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain. As for Coutinho, the Brazilian have been wishing to leave the club probably since last season. The want-away winger/attacking midfielder is keen to depart the Catalans and maybe follow Rakitic’s footsteps in either PSG or Man. Utd.
Alongside the three players mentioned, Barcelona are hopeful to get rid of Thomas Vermaelen, Jeison Murillo, Denis Suarez, Rafinha and Kevin Prince Boateng, among others.
Lacazette And More Strikers Listed To Challenge Luis Suarez
Barcelona have quitted on their desire to sign Serbian striker Luka Jovic due to his incredibly high fee, but the team still have options to put some pressure on Luis Suarez as the starting center forward of the squad.
Girona veteran Cristhian Stuani, Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder and Fernando Llorente of Tottenham and even Alexandre Lacazette is considered a strong candidate to fulfill the void Kevin Prince Boateng’s departure will leave in the team’s ranks. The Frenchman was recently spotted in Catalonia by Sport, increasing the rumors of a potential transfer.
Barcelona Favorite To Sign Atletico’s Filipe Luis While Junior Firpo Surfaces As Possible Reinforcement
A surprise but likely move might be in the making for the Blaugrana this summer, who have been linked with Atletico Madrid’s left-back Filipe Luis. Marca states that Barcelona are “the frontrunners” to sign Atletico Madrid defender in the offseason. The Brazilian’s contract at the Wanda Metropolitano ends this summer, and so far there has been no offer of a new contract from Los Rojiblancos.
Barcelona can take advantage of this and steal the 33-year-old for free, as they search for a back up for Jordi Alba at left-back. Plus, Real Betis Junior Firpo has been linked with Barcelona, who will have to pay around 30 million euros for the left-back.