Barcelona searching for two more 'top level' signings amid Willian talk – reports

Chris Bailey 21/07/2018
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Clement Lenglet and Arthur Melo are the only signings to have strolled through the doors of the Nou Camp so far but, according to reports, Barcelona are on the lookout for two more names before the window is done.

Spanish outlet Sport have run a report indicating that Barca believe their squad will be ready for the new season with another couple of names – and that’s including Chelsea winger Willian as their interest in him ramps up with a third and improved £55 million bid.

Along with Willian, Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong and PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot are the other known Barca transfer targets, though Ernesto Valverde and his team are thought to be working from a list of six.

It stands to reason that Barca will be searching for another midfield player as Brazil international Paulinho returned to China after Andres Iniesta headed to Japan. They are seemingly willing to let misfit Andre Gomes leave this summer, too.

Whatever happens, the spine of Valverde’s squad does need some freshening up. Gerard Pique, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have all reached their 30s.

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Chelsea duo of Eden Hazard and Willian have reportedly told Barcelona they are open to a move to the Camp Nou.

Belgian international Hazard has been heavily linked to Real Madrid ever since the departure of star man Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, however it now looks like he finds a move to Barca a good option as well.

A bid in the range of £50m for Willian by the Spanish giants was rejected earlier this summer, but boss Ernesto Valverde is still keen to bring the Brazilian star to Spain.

The Spanish boss believes signing both the attackers could boost Barcelona’s Champions League ambitions, according to Sport.

Meanwhile, Barca have already made two signings in the transfer window – midfielder Arthur from Gremio and defender Clement Lenglet from Sevilla.

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Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong has been linked with a move to Barcelona this summer, but the Dutch club’s sporting director, former Blaugrana player Marc Overmars, says no young stars will be sold during this window.

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Paul Pogba to Barcelona?

Barcelona-based journalist Toni Juanmarti is reporting that new sporting director Eric Abidal is leading an operation to make a big-name signing this summer.

While no names have been leaked, when Abidal was close to becoming sporting director in 2015, he claimed to have Paul Pogba lined up as a signing, and it’s possible he could try persuading his fellow Frenchman to join now.

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