According to reports from Samuel Marsden (h/t Managing Barça on Twitter), Barcelona are trying to reinforce five positions in the summer, but still have their hands tied by the overflowing salary mass.
They are looking into signing a left-back, a winger, another centre-back, a striker, and a central midfielder if anyone on Barcelona’s current midfield roster leaves.
The financial situation is under assessment by the club’s operatives, who are doing a lot of work to try and make room for some signings, but there will reportedly be no major ‘revolution’ in the summer.
The overflowing wage bill is still posing a major issue, and player registrations are still not possible at the moment. Some players’ contracts are being renegotiated, but it is a lengthy process.
Despite Lionel Messi’s departure and massive wage cuts from other players like Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba have made things a bit easier.
Unfortunately, there is still no telling how much money could be allocated to transfers this summer, and projects like Barca Studios, the CVC deal with La Liga, player sales and the arrival of new sponsors will be paramount.
It is worth noting that Ronald Araujo was recently given a new deal, while Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto’s contracts are being renegotiated on reduced terms. That could make a crucial difference to the salary limits.
On the current trajectory, the sources believe that in the worst-case scenario, Barcelona could be financially strong again in about four to five years, or two to three years in the best case.
However, the Blaugrana will be able to put together a competitive squad sooner than that.