Barca monitoring Baena as Gundogan wait goes on – sources


Barcelona are monitoring Villarreal midfielder Alex Baena as they wait to seek out out what choice Manchester Metropolis‘s Ilkay Gundogan will make on his future, sources have advised ESPN.

Gundogan, 32, is out of contract on the finish of June and has a proposal from Metropolis to increase his seven-year keep, whereas Barca have additionally provided him a deal to affix them as a free agent.

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Barca are additionally eager on Baena and sources say the Catalan membership could be open to bringing in each gamers if their monetary scenario permits after Xavi Hernandez made signing inventive midfielders a precedence this summer time.

After lacking out on Lionel Messi, who introduced a transfer to Inter Miami final week, Barca coach Xavi stated his facet lack a “Santi Cazorla-type participant within the closing third” to assist them unlock defences.

Xavi feels the crew have struggled in that space when Pedri has been injured this season and desires so as to add extra help for the younger Spain midfielder.

He acknowledges that former Arsenal midfielder Cazorla, who remains to be taking part in in Qatar with Al Sadd, has a novel skillset, so Barca are focusing on gamers who might help present objectives and assists.

Gundogan scored 11 objectives and arrange seven extra as Metropolis clinched the treble this season, topped with the Champions League trophy final weekend, whereas Baena, who can even play huge, netted 12 occasions and assisted six objectives for Villarreal.

Baena, 21, has been adopted intently by Barca scouts all through the marketing campaign they usually consider he matches the profile of participant Xavi is in search of.

Nonetheless, with the membership solely capable of spend 40% of something they save or generate attributable to monetary restrictions positioned on them by LaLiga, signing the Spain U21 worldwide won’t be straightforward.

He penned a brand new take care of Villarreal in January till 2028, which additionally noticed his earlier launch clause of €35 million ($37.7m) raised, though the LaLiga membership haven’t confirmed the precise determine.

Xavi additionally needs to signal a deeper midfielder to exchange Sergio Busquets, who won’t renew his contract when it expires this month. These are the 2 precedence areas for the Barca coach, with Athletic Bilbao defender Inigo Martinez additionally set to reach as a free agent.

As a way to add new faces to the squad, Barca will first have to maneuver on different gamers. These coming back from loans — Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, Alex Collado, Sergino Dest, Nico Gonzalez and Abde Ezzalzouli — are all more likely to go away once more.

Abde is the participant producing probably the most curiosity in the intervening time following his spectacular mortgage spell with Osasuna, whereas sources say English and Italian golf equipment have requested about midfielder Franck Kessie‘s availability.

Relying on outgoings, sources say Barca would then flip their consideration to signing a backup striker to Robert Lewandowski and a right-back.

They’ve enquired about Actual Valladolid‘s Ivan Fresneda, who can also be drawing curiosity from Borussia Dortmund, however any transfer might hinge on first discovering a suitor for United States worldwide Dest.


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