Barcelona officials are reportedly in talks about potentially
negotiating swap deals with both Manchester United and Juventus.
The financial problems that are engulfing the LaLiga giants will
ensure that signing new players will prove difficult this summer, with
the club's stars already accepting a 70% pay cut.
As such, Barcelona are set to get creative with their efforts to
strengthen their side this summer and are now focused on organising a
number of swap deals in a bid to land their prospective targets. It's a
policy already outlined by Juventus this summer, with the Serie A giants
already said to have circulated the names of several stars they will
consider for potential exchange deals when the window reopens.
Barcelona have a number of high-profile targets in their sights this
summer, with the likes of Lautaro Martinez and Neymar just two of the
pricey stars they have been linked with.
And according to reports, one man who has already been made available
is full-back Junior Firpo, with a cut-price fee already placed on the
head of the former Liverpool target.
As per reports, however, more could also be placed on their
'available list', with the likes of Philippe Coutinho - strongly linked
with a move to Chelsea - Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal also likely to be
up for grabs.
However, Barcelona could also look to poach stars off United this
summer, by possibly also making Samuel Umtiti, Antoine Griezmann and
Ousmane Dembele - all linked with moves to Old Trafford - available.
The same players could also be offered to Juventus with Adrien Rabiot
and Douglas Costa possibly of interest to the LaLiga giants.
Now Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has lifted the lid on the
thinking process of Barcelona's board as they look to get creative in
the transfer market.
"It will be an exchange of players, that will be the favoured position of the clubs," he said on his Youtube page.
"There will be clubs that go to friendly clubs, clubs they are close
to, and try to find solutions - an exchange of players that help them
get better, give new illusion - we say in Spain - excitement to the fans
and the media and add competitiveness to the side as well.
"All of that is a target.
"For the case of Barcelona, they're friendly with Manchester United,
Juventus, with Inter and are having conversations about the possibility
of swapping players, perhaps sometimes adding money."
Two men who could be of particular interest to Barca are forwards
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, though with the Red Devils looking
to strengthen, rather than weaken their attack, those moves look like
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