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Barcelona targeting four players – including two Chelsea stars – ahead of next season

Barcelona targeting four players – including two Chelsea stars – ahead of next season

An insight into some of the players whom FC Barcelona are set to target ahead of the 2022/23 campaign has been provided.

Xavi returns to FC Barcelona

Xavi Hernandez has officially returned to FC Barcelona, this time as their manager.

The Spaniard has taken over after Ronald Koeman was sacked last month following poor starts to both the La Liga and Champions League campaign.

Xavi returns to his first-ever club in a time of crisis. All of the major stars from Barcelona’s past have either departed for pastures new or are, in the case of Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets, past their best and in need of replacing.

Barca’s awful recruitment over the last five or six years has also left them with a fairly poor squad that can only really be saved if someone is able to get the best of the latest batch of La Masia graduates like Ansu Fati and Gavi.

In the league, meanwhile, the Blaugrana currently sit down in 9th place – a full 11 points off top spot.

Their Champions League campaign also hangs in the balance, with a loss to Benfica next time out likely to condemn them to a spot in the Europa League.

Barcelona targeting four players

Xavi’s first tie as Barca boss will take place on Saturday, when his side face off with Espanyol.

And, ahead of the derby, an insight into the club’s transfer plans over the next year has been provided.

As already mentioned, Barcelona’s recruitment over recent years has left them with a pretty poor squad, with the only real positives their up-and-coming talents.

Now, though, it appears as though the Blaugrana are looking to add several new faces to their ranks for next season.

According to Spanish journalist Gerrard Romero, speaking on his latest Twitch broadcast, Barcelona want all of Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Jose Luis Gaya and Karim Adeyemi for the 2022/23 campaign.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
7 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
11 Leicester City 19 -3 25
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
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15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

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Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
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