Barcelona set to sign three top players for next summer
Last season’s La Liga runners-up are reportedly, eyeing a return to the Premier League after bringing in Andreas Christensen and Marcos Alonso over the summer.
Ilkay Gundogan is one of the Premier League players rumored to be interested in joining Barcelona.
Barcelona looks set to pick up where they left off after a big summer spending spree, with three Premier League stars on their radar.
Raphinha, Andreas Christensen, Hector Bellerin, and Marcos Alonso were all signed from Premier League clubs by Xavi’s team over the summer. They also brought in players like Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde in preparation for a title challenge and a European run, but things haven’t gone exactly as planned.
While Barcelona’s league start has been near-perfect, with the club joint-top heading into Sunday’s Clasico against Real Madrid, a run of three consecutive losses has put them in danger of being eliminated from the Champions League early.
As the January transfer window approaches, more Premier League players may arrive at Camp Nou, either in the winter or at the end of the season.
Barcelona faces a financial nightmare in the Champions League after budgeting for a last-16 spot.
Barcelona’s interest in Chelsea midfielder Jorginho was revealed earlier this season, but he is not one of the three new names reported to be on the club’s list by Sport. N’Golo Kante, Jorginho’s club teammate, is among the three, along with Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan and Leicester City and Belgium star Youri Tielemans.
All of the players’ contracts expire at the end of the season, though there have been varying degrees of speculation about potential new deals. If none of them have agreed to new terms with their respective clubs by the end of the year, Barcelona may consider testing the waters with pre-contract agreements.
In the case of Tielemans, however, an earlier move may be feasible. Leicester were said to be willing to listen to offers for the former Monaco man on transfer deadline day, and a January offer could entice the Foxes to part with a player who looks set to play elsewhere next season.