Transfer Talk: Barca plan to sign five star players this summer

Rob Ellis
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Robert Lewandowski tops Barcelona's transfer wish list
Robert Lewandowski tops Barcelona's transfer wish list

Barcelona have finalized a list of five key summer transfer targets, which includes three Premier League stars.

The Catalan club are set to undergo a major squad overhaul in the coming weeks as they seek to bridge the gap to LaLiga and Champions League winners Real Madrid.

And according to Marca, Camp Nou chiefs have a clear strategy as to how they plan to restructure Xavi’s team.

A deal for Robert Lewandowski remains their primary objective, with the Polish marksman making clear his intentions to leave Bayern Munich.

Leeds winger Raphinha is a second attacking priority, although the West Yorkshire outfit are set to demand a significant fee to acquire the Brazilian’s services.

Chelsea duo Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta are the preferred defensive recruits, along with Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde.

The French international underwent surgery on a pelvis injury this week, but Barca’s LaLiga rivals will still expect a substantial transfer fee of around £55million. 

Agreements are already in place to bring Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie and Danish defender Andreas Christensen to the club on free transfers.

In other news

Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi scored 20 goals for Union Berlin last season
Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi scored 20 goals for Union Berlin last season

Newly-promoted Nottingham Forest are plotting a triple swoop to bolster their squad ahead of a first Premier League campaign in 23 years.

Forest are looking to meet the release clause of Union Berlin forward Taiwo Awoniyi, set at £17.2m, with the Guardian also reporting the East Midlands club are interested in Mainz centre-back Moussa Niakhate and Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

The Sun claim Tottenham will have to table an offer of £34m to bring Leverkusen centre-back Piero Hincapie to North London.

Finally, Fabrizio Romano understands Manchester City will soon open negotiations with Leeds to sign midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

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LaLigaBarcelonaBayern MunichRobert LewandowskiLeeds UnitedRaphinhaChelseaMarcos AlonsoCesar AzpilicuetaSevillaPremier League1. BundesligaNottingham ForestUnion BerlinMainz 05Manchester UnitedDean HendersonTottenham HotspurBayer LeverkusenManchester CityKalvin Phillips
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