Barcelona want to overhaul their squad, according to reports. This is something Liverpool can surely take advantage of.
AS claims that new/old Barcelona president Joan Laporta has a six-man shortlist for the summer. There are some impressive names on it, too.
Most relevant to Liverpool is Gini Wijnaldum, whose contract expires at the end of the season. But Erling Haaland would be their costliest signing – the rest are free transfers.
Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia and David Alaba make up the rest of the six, all on expiring contracts.
It’s a lot of talent that would see Barcelona overhaul their team across the pitch. But they’re struggling to make it happen.
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They need to sort out Lionel Messi’s contract first before they can see how much money there is to spend. If he leaves, perhaps they try for all six. If he stays on the same wage, they’re limited in what they can do.
And in that situation – or in any where Messi stays in Catalonia – there’s an opportunity to tempt Barcelona into other deals.
The Athletic claims that Jurgen Klopp has a transfer priority this summer – a new forward. But he doesn’t want a star to replace his current options. Instead, he wants someone who can supplement them and offer something a little different.
As far as we’re concerned, there are two such players at Barcelona and looking at that list of targets, they won’t have long-term futures there.
The first is Ousmane Dembele. The Frenchman has been hit and miss to say the least since joining Barcelona.
But his talent is undeniable. We can’t help but think that Jurgen Klopp could work wonders with him, especially given his ability to cover both flanks.
If Barcelona are heading in a different direction with their forwards, we think Liverpool could tempt them with an offer.
Fabrizio Romano claims they’re interested, anyway, per his Here We Go podcast.
The other is a player who will forever be linked with a return – Philippe Coutinho. Yes, you probably saw that one coming.
But there is logic here. We believe that Liverpool’s intention is to win another trophy or two with this squad.
That would explain not wanting a superstar – they believe this squad can deliver again. But they’d have to do so soon, given the ages of certain stars.
Coutinho offers the best chance of boosting the squad instantly. He knows the style, we know he can deliver under Klopp, and he wouldn’t need any real adaptation.
He’s certainly different to anyone else in the squad, too, offer that supplement that Klopp wants. Coutinho doesn’t appear to have a future at Barcelona and if he’s available cheap, we think Liverpool should ask the question.