As the new season draws nearer and nearer, Barcelona’s work in the summer transfer window continues.
With the departure of Ousmane Dembele to Paris Saint-Germain looking imminent, the Catalans are in search of solutions that can bolster the attack – adding dynamism and creativity.
Their latest exploits have been primarily revolving around a certain Manchester City star, but bringing him in is not going to be an easy task.
The Bernardo Silva situation
While the Portuguese midfielder appears keen on a move to Spain, Manchester City are in no rush to let him go, and are adamant on seeking a considerable sum for his services.
Barcelona – operating on the shoestring budget that they have unfortunately become well-acquainted with – seem to be moving farther and farther away from Silva.
Depending on upcoming departures such as Dembele’s and Franck Kessie’s imminent move to Saudi Arabia, the Catalans may be able to find funds and make a push for Silva.
However, the Dembele situation continues to confuse, with his move to PSG suspiciously held up.
If that still fails, the Catalans are reportedly looking at Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso according to Javi Miguel.
A versatile option
The Argentina international is a dynamic midfielder who can also put in a shift on the right flank if needed.
His ability to receive the ball, make quick and sharp turns before progressing it could add another layer to Xavi’s setup.
The 27-year-old can also advance further up, make late runs into the box and is an adept passer to help break lines.
With the Joan Gamper trophy game coming up in less than 24 hours, where Barcelona take on Tottenham, Xavi and his staff have a chance to watch Lo Celso in action before potentially making a move for him.
He would definitely end up being a lower-cost alternative, while adding some more depth to what is looking like a top-tier midfield.