Three Barcelona players Liverpool should target
With the huge financial problem that has recently emerged in Barcelona, Liverpool could take advantage and target some of their best stars.
Through Spain goal, the Catalans cannot afford to save any of their new signings due to the La Liga decisions. They also can’t afford to re-sign Lionel Messi to a new contract.
They urgently need to reduce their payroll or face serious repercussions. The club are set to save more than € 200million (£ 180million).
This is an incredibly dramatic development, brought about by the horrific management of the club by former president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
With Barcelona in this sticky situation, they might be willing to let some of their star players go.
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Michael Edwards is always ready to strike when a great proposition presents itself.
So who should Liverpool try to get out of Catalonia?
The two obvious ones 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 details on these two.
Elsewhere, Lionel Messi may be available. Still, Liverpool wouldn’t be able to afford even a quarter of his salary, so unless he wanted to take a significant pay cut, he’s a non-starter.
Instead, here are three more Barcelona players Liverpool are set to watch this summer.
With Neco Williams considering moving away from the club, Liverpool will have to think about bringing in a new right-back.
Emerson is one of the new players Barcelona cannot register.
Technically, they signed him from Atlético Mineiro in 2019, but he also partly belonged to 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 chords like this, is it any wonder they’re in such a mess?
Either way, Emerson is a very talented fullback. He would be a great contender for Trent Alexander-Arnold, while he’s good enough to hold onto the place if the Scouser ever moves to midfield.
Sergino Dest would be an even better option, but he’s unlikely to want to play second fiddle just yet.
If Liverpool can get Emerson out of Barca’s hands it could be okay for everyone involved.
One of the positions Liverpool are set to fill this summer is the front row.
There is clearly more competition needed for Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota. The first three listed are also around 30 years old and will therefore need to be replaced in the next few years.
Ansu Fati appears to have the potential to be a generational star. His numbers across the board are just stunning, and that’s even before his age is factored in.
He is Barcelona’s youngest goalscorer, having made his debut at 16 in 2019.
Fati became a key player last season before an injury in November ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign, as well as for Euro 2020.
The La Liga side certainly won’t want to lose their next big shot.
However, if they can’t afford to keep him and Liverpool offer a lot of money, they won’t have much of a choice.
Finally, we come to a player who still divides opinion on Merseyside.
Barcelona signing of Phillipe Coutinho of Liverpool for £ 142million (BBC) in 2018 is one of the big money moves that crippled them.
It didn’t work at all. They are undoubtedly trying to get rid of the Brazilian this summer, although they still owe Liverpool € 20million for him according to Athleticism.
Coutinho is no longer the same player he was when he left Anfield. Injuries have taken their toll, and at 29 he’s not a very attractive signing right now.
Still, if Liverpool could get it for next to nothing, which seems very possible, it would be worth it.
He could replace Xherdan Shaqiri directly, covering the wings and the center of the midfield.
We previously said signing a slightly older striker would be okay this summer, as some younger stars will be easier to get their hands on next year. The tastes of a Coutinho or a Lorenzo Insigne would be an excellent palliative until then.
The player himself would like a return to the club he joined in 2013.
We have no doubt that he regrets trading 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 point.
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