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Seven midfielders Barcelona could sign in January as Laporta & co. look for the ‘new Edgar Davids’ – report

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Barcelona find themselves in a tricky situation heading into the January transfer window as there is a need for reinforcements in the squad, but the Financial Fair Play situation does not necessarily allow for it.

But the Blaugrana are looking at several strategies to generate Fair Play margin for January, so that they can register Vitor Roque and sign another midfielder to replace Gavi without any issues.

President Joan Laporta confirmed in an interview earlier this week that the idea is to bring in someone on a short-term loan stint who can make a tangible impact like Barça had done in the past with Edgar Davids.

With that in mind, Mundo Deportivo is reporting that seven midfielders could be on the La Liga champions’ agenda for the winter window.

Renato Sanches (AS Roma, on loan from PSG)

Renato Sanches was once one of Europe’s most promising all-round midfielders but has had an uneven career. Currently on loan at AS Roma from PSG where he has a contract until 2027 , the Portuguese international has not enjoyed much success.

Sanches has only played 228 minutes so far this season and was substituted 18 minutes after taking the field by Jose Mourinho in the recent game vs Bologna. The midfielder is represented by Jorge Mendes, who has good ties with Barça.

Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City)

Kalvin Phillips has not found life pleasant at Manchester City after joining them from Leeds in 2022 for a fee of €55 million. Having played just 306 minutes so far this season, the English star is seeking a move away, making him a viable target for Barcelona.

But, Juventus have his name on their agenda and are already making progress in his pursuit, although nothing is sealed yet. So Barça, who already managed to sign Joao Cancelo on loan from City in the summer, could also try to repeat their feat.

Andrey Santos (Nottingham Forest, on loan from Chelsea)

Andrey Santos is a 19-year-old Brazilian midfielder who was Barcelona’s agenda until Chelsea came in to sign him from Vasco da Dama for €12 million.

Chelsea loaned him to Nottingham Forest in the summer to give him a chance but he has had a very limited role (7 minutes in the Premier League). As such, the Blues want to recall him and loan him out to a different team. Perhaps there is a market opportunity there for Barcelona.

Thomas Partey (Arsenal)

Thomas Partey is likely to leave Arsenal. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Thomas Partey is a midfielder for whom Arsenal paid Atletico €50 million in 2020. The 30-year-old has struggled to establish himself at the Emirates due to recurring injuries. This season he has played 341 minutes in five games.

As such, Arsenal are open to selling him in January, and even though there has been interest from Saudi Arabia and Italy, there has been no definitive moment yet, and could be an option for Barcelona.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham)

From one north London club to another, Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg who has proven his pedigree for years but is currently playing a reduced role under Ange Postecoglou. He has played 671 minutes in 17 games this season.

Hojbjerg has been mentioned as a possible subject of interest for several clubs outside the Premier League in recent weeks, with even Atletico Madrid having been linked with him not very long ago. Perhaps, Barça could throw their hat in the ring too.

Yann M’Vila (free agent)

A left-field choice but Yann M’Vila is a player that has a lot of experience in European football and is currently unattached to any club, making a deal for him that much more easier.

Indeed, the Frenchman has been without a club since leaving Olympiacos and is reportedly attracting interest from the likes of Marseille and Lyon. The 33-year-old might be a good short-term fix while being cost-effective for Barça.

Grzegorz Krychowiak (Abha Club)

A name that is well-known in La Liga, Grzegorz Krychowiak had a good run in Spain with Sevilla and is currently plying his trade in Saudi Arabia with Abha Club.

The 33-year-old Pole would again be a left-field choice, but owing to his experience in Spain and high-level European football in general, he could be an option.

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