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Three Barcelona players that Liverpool should target - RTK View

With the huge financial issue that has emerged at Barcelona recently, Liverpool could take advantage and target some of their best stars.

Per Goal Espana, the Catalans cannot afford to register any of their new signings due to La Liga rulings. They cannot afford to re-sign Lionel Messi to a new contract either.

They urgently need to decrease their wage bill or face serious repercussions. The club has to make savings of over €200m (£180m).

It is an incredibly dramatic development, brought on by the horrific running of the club by former president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

With Barcelona in this tricky situation, they may be willing to let some of their star players leave.

Michael Edwards is always ready to strike when a nice proposition presents itself.

So who should Liverpool attempt to get out of Catalonia?

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The obvious two are Frenkie de Jong and Pedri. With Liverpool looking to replace Gini Wijnaldum, the pair would be the ideal candidates.

However, RTK has already gone into detail on these two.

Elsewhere, Lionel Messi may be available. Yet Liverpool would not be able to afford even a quarter of his wages, so unless he wants to take a significant wage cut, that is a non-starter.

Instead, here are three other Barcelona players that Liverpool should look at this summer.

Emerson

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With Neco Williams reportedly eyeing a move away from the club, Liverpool will have to think about bringing in a new right-back.

Emerson is one of the new players that Barcelona cannot register.

Technically, they signed him from Atlético Mineiro in 2019, but he was also partly-owned by Real Betis in what was a very unique deal. Barca had the option to take him to Camp Nou this summer, which they did.

With complicated deals like that, is it any wonder they are in such a mess?

Anyway, Emerson is a very talented fullback. He would be great competition for Trent Alexander-Arnold, while he is good enough to hold down the spot if the Scouser ever moves into midfield.

Sergino Dest would be an even better option, but he is unlikely to want to play second-fiddle at the moment.

If Liverpool can take Emerson out of Barca’s hands, it could suit everybody involved.

Ansu Fati

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One of the positions that Liverpool need to spend in this summer is the forward line.

There is clearly more competition needed for Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota. The first three listed are also around the 30-years-old mark, so will need replacing in the coming few years.

Ansu Fati looks like he has the potential to be a generational star. His numbers across the board are simply sensational, and that’s before his age is even considered.

He is Barcelona’s youngest-ever scorer, having made his debut at 16 in 2019.

Fati became a key player last season before an injury n November ruled him out for the rest of the campaign, as well as Euro 2020.

The La Liga side certainly will not want to lose their next big thing.

However, if they cannot afford to keep him and Liverpool offer big money, then they will not have much choice.

Phillipe Coutinho

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Finally, we come to a player that still splits opinion on Merseyside.

Barcelona’s signing of Phillipe Coutinho from Liverpool for £142m (BBC) in 2018 is one of the big-money moves that has crippled them.

It has not worked out whatsoever. They are undoubtedly trying to get rid of the Brazilian this summer, despite still owing Liverpool €20m for him according to The Athletic.

Coutinho is not the same player he was when he left Anfield. Injuries have taken their toll, and at 29-years-old, he is not a very attractive signing at the moment.

Yet if Liverpool could get him for next to nothing, which seems very possible, it would be worth it.

He could be a direct replacement for Xherdan Shaqiri, covering the wings and the centre of midfield.

We have previously stated that signing a slightly older attacker would be acceptable this summer, as some younger stars will be easier to get their hands on next year. The likes of a Coutinho or a Lorenzo Insigne would be a great stop-gap until then.

The player himself would reportedly love a return to the club he joined in 2013.

We have no doubt that he regrets swapping Liverpool for Barcelona.

Considering Coutinho won’t break the bank and wants to play for the club, it almost seems like a no-brainer at this stage.

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