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Barcelona identify four key transfer targets for next season

Xavi Hernandez

The upcoming January transfer window could prove to be another frustrating one for Barcelona.

Sporting Director Mateu Alemany recently admitted that the club’s salary cap limit has been reached after the appointment of Xavi and his coaching staff, leaving no space for the Catalans to bring in new players while conforming with the Financial Fair Play rules.

So, any movement in the winter would possibly require the Blaugrana to sell some unwanted players before making inroads into the transfer market.

Things, however, could improve by the time the summer transfer window rolls in next year. And, the club are already working out plans for that, having narrowed in on several key transfer targets for the 2022/23 season, according to journalist Gerard Romero.

The journo claims that the Catalan giants have identified RB Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Valencia skipper Jose Gaya as primary targets along with a centre-back who can be signed on a free transfer, with signs pointing towards a move for another Chelsea star in Andreas Christensen.

Adeyemi has been heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou in recent weeks, with reports even claiming that an offer was already in the works ahead of the January window. However, following Alemany’s revelations, it seems like plans to sign the German international have been pushed back to the summer window.

A prolific goalscorer still in his teens, the Salzburg starlet can be a great signing for Barcelona, especially given the unfortunate situation surrounding Sergio Aguero.

As for Azpilicueta, the seasoned campaigner can offer depth at right-back and centre-back and would be a solid option to count on, if Dani Alves does not stay beyond the current season. His Chelsea teammate, Christensen, if signed, would also represent a shrewd purchase considering that he would be arriving on a free transfer, has a lot of experience while his best years are still in front of him.

Gaya, meanwhile, has long been touted as the heir to Jordi Alba at left-back and with the latter’s advancing age, a move for the Valencia captain makes total sense. The summer window, though, is still quite far away and plans may change between now and then.

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