The Spanish media once again turns its attention to Barcelona’s pursuit of a world-class striker in the summer, as SPORT report in today’s edition of their paper, that the Catalans are not yet ruling out big moves for two of their top targets in the past for the number ‘9’ role.
Despite the signing of Sergio Aguero, Barcelona are still eyeing a long-term striker to fix their lack of penetration up front. And although Memphis Depay is also close to joining, the Lyon frontman does not tick all the boxes for the making of a pure number nine.
Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez are two players who have not been able to stay off the Barcelona radar and out of the Spanish media. The pair have been constantly linked to a move away but lately speculation had died down, considering Barcelona’s dire financial condition.
But the media says the Catalans have not given up hope just yet. Barcelona are hoping to generate enough revenue from sales this summer to be able to incorporate a top striker. One of the prominent departures will reportedly be that of Ousmane Dembele, who the club will look to sell for around 50 to 60 million euros if he does not renew.
Barcelona believe that Inter and Borussia Dortmund will still be willing to do business after some persuasion. President Joan Laporta’s fondness for Erling Haaland is well documented, and he has already stated that he will try to do everything possible to sign the Norwegian.
Either of the two players’ arrivals will be a tough ask, but if Barcelona are successfully able to carry out their ‘revolution’ and offload a sufficient amount of players, they can start thinking about marquee signings in the not-so-distant future.