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Barcelona’s new-look front three and bench if Xavi can sign his priority targets

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With the transfer window open and Barcelona’s financial condition improved after the sale of 10% TV rights to Sixth Street, there could be activity at Camp Nou imminently.

Joan Laporta has already confirmed that the Blaugrana will present two new signings in Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie next week. And more could be on the way as Xavi Hernandez looks to prepare a squad that can knock rivals Real Madrid off their perch.

It is no secret that Barcelona have made Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski their primary target to strengthen the frontline. The 33-year-old, too, is keen on joining the Catalans and is prepared to take drastic steps to force through a transfer.

Apart from Lewandowski, Barça are also pushing to sign Leeds United and Brazil winger Raphinha. There was a threat of losing out to Chelsea in the race, but the La Liga heavyweights have reportedly reached an agreement over a €60 million deal to sign him.

Apart from these two attacking signings, Barcelona continue to push to re-sign Ousmane Dembele after he became a free agent following the expiry of his contract on June 30.

Recent reports have indicated that the two parties are close to reaching an agreement over a short-term two-year contract.

If Barcelona are able to complete all of these three signings, they could become a serious force to be reckoned with exceptional quality in their frontline. Here we take a look at how the Blaugrana attack might look like if all three priority targets end up joining this summer.

First-choice: Dembele-Lewandowski-Raphinha

Lewandowski is Barcelona’s primary transfer target this summer (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

While there are some reservations about whether Raphinha and Ousmane Dembele can be a part of the team together, manager Xavi Hernandez is of the belief that the two wide forwards can co-exist and play together.

Given the financial efforts that will have gone in to sign Raphinha and the form he displayed for Leeds United last season, he should become the first-choice on the right flank.

Considering Dembele is equally comfortable playing on either side, the Frenchman can be pushed to the left wing. If he carries on from where he left off last season, opposition defences will be in for a tough time facing up the twin threat of Raphinha and Dembele.

And, Robert Lewandowski, who is coming on the back of another Golden Boot-winning season in the Bundesliga and scored 50 goals in all competitions, will be the undisputed first-choice striker for Barcelona, should they get the deal over the line.

Backup: Ansu Fati-Aubameyang-Torres

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be the natural backup for Lewandowski in the No. 9 role. The former Arsenal captain finished as joint top-scorer for Barça last season despite joining midway through the campaign and will be a quality option to call upon whenever required.

Memphis Depay would be another option, although the Netherlands international is expected to move on this summer.

While Barcelona fans would ideally want to see Ansu Fati in the starting XI week in week out, given the nature and the severity of his recent injury problems, it would not be a surprise to see Xavi ease the youngster into the action rather than throw him into the deep end right away.

So, the La Masia graduate could potentially play second-fiddle to Dembele on the left side of the attack, if the Frenchman does end up re-signing with the Catalans.

On the right-wing, the Blaugrana can call upon another January signing in Ferran Torres. The Spaniard proved to be a handy acquisition, although his finishing still needs plenty of work.

With a potentially deadly attacking trident of Raphinha, Dembele and Lewandowski and an equally dangerous backup trio of Torres, Fati and Aubameyang, Barcelona can be a handful for oppositions next season, should they sign their preferred targets this summer.

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