Ernesto Valverde, manager of La Liga giants Barcelona, this morning confirmed that he and the club’s board are on the lookout for midfield reinforcements.
The Blaugrana, fresh off the back of a domestic double this past season, have been relatively busy on the transfer market, with the likes of Malcom, Clement Lenglet and Arthur having made their way to the Camp Nou over the last few weeks.
In terms of departures, Gerard Deulofeu made his loan move to Premier League outfit Watford permanent, while Lucas Digne (and possibly Yerry Mina) looks to be close to a move to Everton.
However, no doubt the two most significant exits for the Blaugrana have come from the club’s midfield ranks, with both Andres Iniesta and Paulinho having sealed respective moves to Asia.
More signings ‘likely’
As such, with only Arthur having added to the midfield ranks of the Spanish champions, and Andre Gomes’ days thought to be numbered in Catalunya, it has been widely reported that Barca will aim to secure at least one more midfield reinforcement before the close of the transfer market.
PSG’s Adrien Rabiot has been the most heavily-touted arrival at the Camp Nou, though the likes of Dani Parejo, Miralem Pjanic and Steven NZonzi have been named as potential alternatives.
As such, speaking to the media at a press conference earlier today, Blaugrana boss Ernesto Valverde was questioned on the possibility of adding to his squad over the coming weeks, with the 54-year-old having confirmed that the club are currently on the lookout for players ‘that can generate play through the middle’:
‘We’re open to any possibility. It’s true that we’ve had some big departures in midfield so it’s likely that we will make more signings.’
‘We will try to build the most competitive squad possible, keeping in mind that Andres [Iniesta] and Paulinho have left.’
‘When quizzed on what profile the club are looking for in terms of targets, Valverde explained: ‘It doesn’t depend only on me, but on the club and what players are available.’
‘We want players that fit our style. We need people that can generate play through the middle – and if they can get forward into the box, too, even better.’